July Brand News: Gin
KOKORO GIN MOVES TO MANGROVE
Kokoro Gin, a Japanese-inspired London Dry Gin, which launched in 2016, has agreed an exclusive UK distribution deal with Mangrove, the specialist spirits agency. The deal will see the gin being marketed to the on-trade, off-trade, wholesalers, independents, supermarkets and other retailers through Mangrove’s network.
Kokoro Gin, which is owned by Forest Spirits, has as its core ingredient, sansho berries, which are hand-picked and imported to the UK from the Afan Woodland, a sustainable forest in the Nagano region of Japan. Combined with eight other botanicals, the sansho berries give Kokoro Gin its unique flavour.
Nick Gillett, managing director of Mangrove, said, “Kokoro Gin expands our gin selection, offering a point of difference for our customers. The addition of sansho berries produces a gin with oriental nuances, adding unique flavours compared to the traditional style of gin.”
GLASGOW BROCKMANS WINNER
The Brockmans World Gin Day competition to find the world’s favourite #Brocktail – a cocktail created using the ‘gin like no other’ – attracted entries from bars in 12 countries and for the second successive year the winner, Sebastian Stanczyk from The Spiritualist, came from Glasgow.
Brockmans is described as a gin like no other because of its distinctive taste profile with notes of blueberry, blackberry and bitter-sweet orange peel. Bars love to serve this gin as customers find it deliciously different.
There were 118 entries via Instagram from bar-tenders and, after five days of voting by the public – with 9,100 votes cast from across the world through social media – Sebastian won.