Kuro gin

Silver birch bark, spruce needles and bamboo-activated charcoal – that’s one way of standing out from the gin crowd.

Kuro, a London Dry Gin with more than a nod to Japan, will bring these botanicals (and I suspect a few more treats) to its launch at Imbibe Live. After an intense 18 months of development, Kuro will be available to taste and beguile on the Hammonds of Knutsford stand, number A112.

How did such a thing come about? A skiing trip in the Hakuba Valley region of Japan, of course. Creators Craig Fell and John Thomson wanted to bottle their ‘epic alpine experience’, like totally, and ‘unleash it’ in the form of this rather special gin.

The Langley Distillery were only too willing to take on the mission and master distiller, Rob Dorsett, has ‘more than delivered on the brief’ to create a ‘unique and drinkable interpretation of Japan’.

‘The thrill of the slopes, beauty of surroundings, and overall sensory experience has been contained in each of the 12 botanicals,’ managing director, Fell, said. ‘In the next 12 months we aim to secure national listings in premium bars, restaurants and selected retailers across the country, and establish Kuro among the British gin drinkers’ repertoire. International stockists are also among our first year targets, and I have an ambition to take Kuro back to the place it was conceived, Japan.’

Visit Stand A112 for an early tasting of Kuro gin