The big players investing in super-premium-plus gin

Gin startups have been one of the spirits industry’s recent success stories, but many are now being targeted for acquisition by the big players. SB finds out why these buyouts could be a good move for both parties. *This feature was originally published in the July 2020 issue of The Spirits Business A number of leading firms have turned heads with acquisition activity in the gin category over the past few years, most notably splashing…

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Kyoto Distillery opens House of Ki No Bi

Japan’s Kyoto Distillery officially opened its first brand home today (1 June), called The House of Ki No Bi. The House of Ki No Bi is located in the centre of the historical city of Kyoto, housed in a converted traditional ‘machiya’ townhouse, which was built more than 100 years ago as a timber mill. Due to the pandemic, guests are currently only able to visit the shop on the first floor. The bar area…

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Pernod makes ‘significant investment’ in Kyoto Distillery

French drinks group Pernod Ricard has made a “significant investment” in Japan’s Kyoto Distillery, which will be used to build a new state-of-the-art distillery. The investment was made as part of Pernod Ricard’s Transform and Accelerate strategic plan and will also be used to help The Kyoto Distillery “meet growing demand” for Ki No Bi gin. Ki No Bi will join The Pernod Ricard Gin Hub with immediate effect, sitting alongside the likes of Beefeater,…

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Kyoto Distillery launches Ki No Jyu gin

Japan’s Kyoto Distillery has launched Ki No Jyu, the first expression in a new ultra-premium gin range inspired by local craftsmanship and culture. Ki No Jyu Kyoto Gin Series 1 Gyokuro is the first expression in the new Kyoto Gin Series. Available in small quantities, the range takes inspiration from the history and culture of Kyoto and will see the distillery partner with local farmers and artisans. The distillery has collaborated with Horii Shichimeien, a tea…

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Ki No Bi Edition G is ‘first’ Champagne cask-aged gin

Japan’s Kyoto Distillery has partnered with Champagne house Henri Giraud to create Ki No Bi Edition G – thought to be the first gin aged in Champagne barriques. Only limited quantities of Ki No Bi Edition G were released in Japan and proved so popular they sold out in one day. The expression was based on the Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin expression. Bottled at 48% abv, Ki No Bi Edition G has an RRP…

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