Japan-based Kyoto Distillery has unveiled Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin, a rice-spirit.

The company was founded by industry veterans Marcin Miller and David Croll under Number One Drinks Company Japan.

Kyoto Distillery is considered to be the only licensed distillery built in Kyoto, reported thespiritsbusiness.com.

"We will be mastering not only the science of distillation as others have done before, but also the age-old art of blending."

Kyoto Distillery head distiller Alex Davies was quoted by the website as saying: “To create our gin, we will be mastering not only the science of distillation as others have done before, but also the age-old art of blending.

“We will break down the botanicals in our gin into six different categories; base, citrus, tea, herbal, spice and floral and will then distil these separately before blending them back together again.”

According to the company, its distilling team invested six months to choose right botanicals.

The drink is made of yellow yuzu, derived from the north of the Kyoto Prefecture, bamboo, hinoki wood chips, gyokuro tea from the Uji region, and green sansho berries. It also contains fushimi water.

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The gin has a 45.7% alcohol by volume level.

The bottle has been manufactured by specialist glass manufacturer Sakai Glass, which is based in Osaka. The gin will be launched in October.