Why This Bottle?
The honour of the number one spot in our brand new club goes to a local favourite – Sheringham.
The inspiration to found this distillery came when co-founder Jason MacIsaac unearthed a number of old glass moonshine bottles from the notorious Jordan River Hotel which was rumoured to have had a still operating in the cellar. Jason and his partner Alayne set out to start a new chapter in the region’s distilling history.
Having already won great acclaim and numerous awards for their Seaside Gin and Akvavit, their newest creation was born out of love of both Eastern and Western botanicals and gin making techniques. This is what they have to say about it –
“Alayne fell in love with Cherry Blossoms while living in Asia and Jason became intrigued with Yuzu as a professional chef. KAZU, meaning “harmony”, is the blending and respect for both East and West cultures. KI means “radiance” and is an ode to the radiant flavours of the botanicals as they dance on your palette. Cherry blossom petals and yuzu peel were imported from Japan. From Westholme Tea Farm we procured green tea leaves and flowers. Expect dynamic flavours from start to finish with the unique essence the Kazuki provides.
Made from our Vodka, with botanicals sourced locally and from Japan, including Japanese Cherry Blossoms and Green Tea + Flowers from Westholme Tea Farm in Cowichan Valley.”
Strath Panel Notes
The nose is soft and delicate with the blossoms really coming forward. There is a slight candy-like sweetness and a plum-like fruit note.
The palate hit us straight off with the unmistakable flavour of an orange creamsicle. We guess this as from the yuzu. There was an anise flavour present and subtle juniper.
Serving suggestion: We suggest straight up with ice and a dash of Angostura bitters.
Will It G&T? Yes, but just a dash. Maybe try with a garnish of a sundried slice of blood orange.