Kokoro introduces gin liqueurs with flavours from Japan
Kokoro London Dry Gin is introducing a range of three premium gin liqueurs with flavours from Japan.
Kokoro Blueberry & Lemongrass, Yuku & Ginger and Cherry Blossom will be available to the off and on-trade via Mangrove this month.
James Nicol, Kokoro’s founder, said: “We are delighted to be adding these exciting Japanese liqueurs to the Kokoro family. We have spent the last two uyears developing the range using authentic, natural Japanese ingredients. We are proud that our family business is continuing to support the preservation of the forest in Japan where the sansho berries grow and which are at the heart of our gin.
"We will be giving 10% from the sale of every bottle of Kokoro Gin and the Kokoro Liqueurs to help preserve the forest which is close to my family’s heart.”
Bluberry is a relatively new flavour for Japan with the fruit first cultivated in the 1950s. Nagano Prefecture specialises in blueberries and people travel to the region specifically to spend the day blueberry picking.
Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit that tastes like a cross between a lime and a grapefruit, while cherry blossom has a uniquely floral flavour with a soft hint of cherry.
Sales of Kokoro Gin have increased by 36% over the 12 months, with a listing in Morrisons and new members of the team to help grow the brand.
The 20% abv Kokoro Gin Liqueurs will be available from mid-March, priced at £11.50 for 20cl bottles and £19 for 50cl, or £33.50 for a gift box with 3x20cl expressions.