Shiso and cherry blossom flavored gin now on sale in Japan

Originally published on Sora News by Master Blaster

Gin doesn’t get much more Japanese than this.

There are lots of unique tastes and textures in Japanese cuisine, and one of my favorite flavors among them has always been shiso. It’s sometimes called “Japanese basil,” but the exact taste of shiso is a little hard to describe, but I usually think of it as “mint-adjacent” in that it has a lot of qualities of mint, but without that distinct harshness that it’s most famous for.

It’s even milder than spearmint in the mintiness spectrum but still has a firm taste with a lot of floral qualities.

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