Roku (Japan, 43% ABV)
The House of Suntory has long wowed the whisky world, but it’s spent the last three decades refining a gin. It uses six Japanese ingredients: yuzu citrus fruit, sakura (cherry blossom) flower and leaf, gyokuro and sencha teas and sanshō pepper. Yes, it’s a bit odd when you try it, but it’s also refreshing and packs a kick. The recommended garnish is fresh ginger — don’t query, just do.