This gin features several botanicals local to Wakayama Prefecture, where it is made, including mandarin peel, lemon peel, and sansho. The juniper used is imported from Europe.
However, what sets Kozue apart is the use of Japanese umbrella pine (koyamaki). The company proudly states that the Kozue is the world’s first gin to use koyamaki.
The nose brings abundant pine and pepper spice, while the palate rolls out with citrus, pine, and spice. For a 47% ABV release, it’s extremely smooth and drinkable.