Friday, April 22, 2022

A Springtime Odyssey with Roku Gin

What does “spring” taste like? A tantalising medley of floral tones? Maybe a burst of freshness that leaves you wanting more. Perhaps it’s a lingering aftertaste of delicate flavours where nothing else matters except for that moment.  


This is what premium Japanese Craft Gin Roku Gin from the House of Suntory hopes you will experience through its latest taste collaboration with 10 of Klang Valley’s top bars and restaurants, celebrating Spring and all that it brings with unique flavour pairings. From 11 April to 31 May 2022, cocktail lovers can visit these different establishments for a special spring experience as interpreted by creative bartenders 


The flavour delight begins with Roku Gin’s key botanical, the prized sakura flower. Harvested only at the peak of spring for maximum quality and flavour, this iconic flower gives Roku Gin its signature delicate floral aroma and sweet body. Using the centuries-old tradition of Monozukuri in the detailed process of harvesting, infusing and distilling the gin, Roku Gin’s artisans then combine the sweet floral aroma of sakura with Sencha and Gyokuro teas, rounding up the flavour with a refreshing Yuzu top note and a crisp, slightly spicy finish from Japanese Sansho Pepper.  


When you have such complex yet harmonious flavours as the base, anything is possible with Roku Gin! These 10 bartenders certainly agree as they share their Roku Gin cocktail creations, the inspiration, and what spring means to them. 





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Left : Alex Cheah, Co-Owner of BETA KL | Right : Blossom 


“Spring is a season of hope and new beginnings. It’s when plants start to grow and blossom in our garden and you can see butterflies all around,” says BETA KL’s co-owner Alex Cheah. It’s no surprise then why he named his Roku Gin cocktail Blossom, which has all the elements of spring: Refreshing, floral and fruity. “To complement the unique flavour of Roku Gin, I paired it with peach liqueur and rose syrup with the umami essence of shitake bitters to give the cocktail a refreshing yet frothy texture,” explains Alex. 


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Left : Marcus Kwok, Bar Trigona’s Bartender | Right : Love At First Sight 


Reminiscing spring as a season of love, Bar Trigona’s bartender Marcus Kwok named his Roku Gin cocktail Love at First Sight. “Spring is the time for love and happiness. When you sip the cocktail, I hope it will transport you back to memories of your first love,” says Marcus 


The cocktail is a unique pairing of Roku Gin, Trigona honey and strawberries, which Marcus says reminds him of his first love with its fresh, sweet flavours and a gorgeous hue of pink. “Roku Gin has a unique floral and citrusy top note with a yuzu-forward body and slightly spicy finish. It makes the cocktail clean, crisp and elegant. It’s perfect if you want something sweet and refreshing!” says Marcus