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How to Drink House of Suntory Spirits with James Bowker

How to Drink House of Suntory Spirits with James Bowker

Few people would have the courage to leave a very secure future in academia for a very uncertain life behind the bar.  Our guest did, and he has never looked back.

Are you crazy for Thomas Shelby and also have a passion for Japanese Whisky? Do you have no clue who Thomas Shelby is but love your Japanese whisky? Or do you not know either about Thomas Shelby or Japanese Whisky but just want to meet one of the greatest guys in the spirit industry? Then this episode is for you!

James Bowker is a proud Brummie; that is someone from Birmingham, England btw, just like Thomas Shelby in Peaky Blinders, one of my favorite programs. 

His early love of Japanese whisky grew into a role as the first House of Suntory Global Advocacy Manager.  I met James many years ago when he was one of the ten finalists for the Diageo World Class UK, and have just now finally had him on the program.  

It was kismet as I was just about to step on a plane to Japan.  He taught me so much, which made the experience a billion times better.  Even if you are not headed to Japan, his knowledge is invaluable.

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Cocktail of the Week: Kyoto Club

Kyoto Club Cocktail

Kyoto Club

Think Clover Club, but instead of Philadephia, this cocktail makes its way eastward to Kyoto. A fabulous take on the original classic cocktail, the Kyoto Club is perfect for any season!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 1
Calories 143 kcal


  • oz Suntory ROKU Gin
  • 1 oz 25ml Green Tea (Chilled)
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz Raspberry Syrup (Sugar + Raspberries if not available)
  • Garnish: Raspberries


  • Fill glass with ice
  • Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice
  • Strain into glass and garnish


Serving: 1gCalories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 39mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
Keyword gin, green tea, lemon juice, raspberry
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