Shiso Bitters, The Japanese Bitters Co.
Creator, Yuki Yamazaki, formed his vision for a line of Japanese bitters after making cocktails during a charity event at the Japanese Embassy in Toronto in 2011. The drinks were so popular, and guest’s interest in classic Japanese flavors so piqued, that he immediately started planning a larger-scale production. In 2015, Yamazaki travelled to the Herman Jansen distillery in the Netherlands to learn more about distillation. Upon his return to Japan, he implemented what he had learned and spent a following two years perfecting his Shiso, Yuzu, and Umami bitters.
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This perennial plant belongs to the mint family. Pungent and grassy, it imparts a unique combination of flavors such as basil, spearmint, cinnamon, and subtle anise. For this expression from The Japanese Bitters Co., neutral alcohol is infused with domestic, farm-sourced, fresh shiso using a sous vide for a long extraction at low temperature to maintain the fresh qualities of the plant. Often used as a garnish or muddling component in cocktails, fresh shiso can sometimes be inconvenient to source, inconsistent in flavor, and has a limited shelf life. In bitters form, this distinct flavor component knows none of those limitations. 28% ABV