Made in Kyoto using a rice spirit base, Ki No Bi is one of the most sought-after gins in the world. The gin is made in an unusual way, in which the botanicals are separated in to 6 groups – Base (juniper, orris and hinoki (cypress wood); Citrus (lemon and yuzu); Herbal (sansho and kinome), Spice (ginger), Fruity and Floral (bamboo and shiso) and finally, Tea (green tea). Each group is distilled individually then blended together. The result is an ethereal Japanese gin, with aromatic and refreshing notes. Ki No Tea is heavier on the green tea botanicals and this is apparent on the nose and palate. Citrus on the nose with warming green tea and juniper in the background. Big sweetness on the palate followed by juniper, floral tea notes and grassiness. The finish is clean and long. Great neat or in Martinis.