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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Kokoro Gin Launches Miniatures

Kokoro Gin has launched a miniature bottle of its unique Japanese-inspired London Dry Gin.
Similar to its signature 70cl bottle, the miniatures will be being marketed to on-trade, off-trade, wholesalers, independents, supermarkets and other retailers in the UK through specialist spirits agency, Mangrove.
The new 5cl bottles will also allow Kokoro to tap into the hotel and catering industries, expanding its reach across the UK and meeting high volume demand.
Kokoro was launched in September 2016, with its first batch selling out in two months. Its core ingredient, sansho berries, are hand-picked and imported to the UK from the Afan Woodland, a sustainable forest in the Nagano region of Japan. Used extensively in Japanese cuisine, sansho berries have a distinctive pepper flavour with a citrus aftertaste. Combined with eight other botanicals, the sansho berries give Kokoro Gin its unique flavour.
James Nicol, managing director at Forest Spirits, which produces Kokoro Gin, said: “Introducing the miniature bottles will enable us to provide potential stockists with samples, as well as accommodate the hotel industry and help them fill up their mini bars. We’ve also had requests from fusion restaurants for sample bottles, which we can now fulfil and encourage high volume sales.”
Forest Spirits was formed by entrepreneurial duo, James Nicol and Barry Darnell. The brothers-in-law, who are financial consultant and design agency head by day, were inspired by a family connection to the Afan woodland in Japan, where sansho berries grow. James’s uncle, CW Nicol (affectionately known as Uncle Nic), is a lifelong environmentalist and author. He bought the Afan woodland in the 1980s and donated it to the Woodland Trust. It is now home to over 50 endangered species.

 

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