A quintessential refresher with tonic and also the base of a huge number of cocktails, the popularity of this remarkably versatile spirit continues to grow. A predominant aroma and flavour of juniper is key to gin, the rest of the ingredients and the methods of production aren't regulated. Which is where things get really interesting... Nicks Wine Merchants is the place in Australia to buy gin online. We import many lines directly and stock everything from the latest trending classifications to the finest Australian Gins. Undeniably the largest selection of Gin in Australia. Click here to learn more about Gin or subscribe to our Spirits and Liqueurs Email Newsletter to keep up to date with new arrivals, tastings, special offers and more.
Brogan's Way Everyday Salvation Gin (700ml)Victoria, AUSTRALIA$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 42%A classic dry style with strawberry gum, cinnamon myrtle and native pepper berries lending an Australian edge. Gin queen, Catherine Childerley ranked it in her top ten Australian gins for 2018. Tasting note: Similar to the Evening Light aromatically, only more expressive; hints of strawberry gum and curry leaf through the juniper. Very pure, silky delivery with attractive juniper, citrus peel and budding spices through the finish. Nice length and freshness. 42% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... For me, it was a dead heat between Royal Blood and Every Day Salvation, as my favourite, but in the end I picked the Every Day Salvation. It’s a classic dry gin, with subtle use of Australian botanicals that don’t overpower the juniper backbone. - theginqueen.com
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Brogan's Way Evening Light Gin (700ml)Victoria, AUSTRALIA$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 42%Simon and Brogan Carr join a small but growing number of inner city suburban distillers servicing Melbourne's Richmond neighborhood. From their bar / distillery set up in an old mechanics workshop, they've created three signature gins: A juniper-forward dry style dubbed Everyday Salvation, a slightly more contemporary style called Evening Light, and a navy strength edition called 'Royal Blood'. Brogan Carr is qualified as a medical laboratory scientist, and says she didn‘t expect to become a distiller. ”I love the precision of science and investigative nature, but working in labs wasn’t enough”. She retrained as a distiller, finishing a Master of Science Brewing & Distilling at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Brogan’s three gins are designed to appeal to different gin drinkers. Evening Light is a fresh and fruity style, made with mangos and raspberries and organic white grapefruit juice alongside more traditional botanicals. Brogan says it's her 'easy drinker'. Tasting note: Creamy scents of cardamom, orris root and chamomile(?) with hints of lemon peel over background juniper and pepper. Light to medium bodied with a soft entry and attractive flavours of grapefruit, delicate juniper and white pepper. Breezy, fresh and warming. Ends satisfyingly crisp, minerally and dry. 42% Alc./Vol.
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Brogan's Way Royal Blood Gin (700ml)Victoria, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 57.2%This is Brogan’s navy strength gin, made with cardamom, rosemary, bay leaf, Australian sea parsley, saltbush and roasted wattle seed. Tasting note: The racehorse in the collection, with more depth and power all round.The spice-shop bouquet evokes curry leaf, cardamom, white pepper and hints of liquorice root through the juniper. Creamy and concentrated attack is also nicely balanced; a melting pot of citrus and cardamom followed by vibrant peppers, a touch of liquorice root and lemon thyme to finish. Powerful, full-flavoured gin with a moreish mouthfeel. 57.2% Alc./Vol.
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Brookies Byron Gin (700ml)New South Wales, AUSTRALIA$74. 99 Bottle$899.88 DozenABV: 46%Co-founder, Eddie Brook struck up a friendship with legendary Scotch Whisky distiller, Jim McEwan of Bruichladdich fame during one of Jim's tours around Australia. At the time, Eddie was Australian distributor for Bruichladdich's whiskies and Gin (The Botanist). McEwan was coaxed out of retirement and joined Eddie and his family to launch Brookie’s gin in Northern New South Wales. Named "Cape Byron Distillery", the operation runs a 2000 liter Tassie-made copper pot still. Brookies employs 26 botanicals, 18 of which are native to Australia: Sunrise finger limes from Byron Bay, kumquat, blood lime, aniseed myrtle, cinnamon myrtle, White Aspen, riberry, the young leaves of the lilly pilly leaf, macadamia nut, native raspberries from Brook Farm, Dorrigo pepper leaf, river mint and native ginger. Traditional botanicals include juniper, coriander, cassia, angelica and orris root. Tasting note: Crystal clear. Pure, rounded aromas of citrus peel and lemon thyme followed by woody juniper, pepper, coriander and minty freshness. Five minutes adds hints of raspberry. Creamy textured with a concentrated yet keenly balanced profile; lively with piney juniper upfront, followed by dried herbs and pepper. Hints of macadamia late in the aftertaste? The lingering spiciness and the overall length is quite something. Nicely done. 46% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Gold Medal. San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017
Brookies Byron Slow Gin (700ml)New South Wales, AUSTRALIA$64. 99 Bottle$779.88 DozenABV: 26%A welcome (albeit limited) addition to the Brookies range, is this "Slow" gin, in the style of English sloe. The point of difference here is that Davidson Plums are used instead of sloe berries. Considered a bush delicacy, the plum is indigenous to the Byron region and is packed with vitamins and minerals.The plums are steeped in Brookie’s Gin for several months. The maceration is diluted to 26% ABV with Mount Warning spring water. Tasting note: Brilliant copper. Attractive, medium dry aromas suggesting quince paste, plum jam and raisins over muted juniper and white pepper. A juicy-yet-dry, pleasantly tart, plum and red berry flavoured gin with trace pepper in the finish. Delicious Summer sipping, but would be even better at a higher ABV. Keep it simple with soda or just ice. 26% Alc./Vol.
Bulldog Gin (700ml)London, UNITED KINGDOM$54. 99 Bottle$659.88 DozenABV: 40%
A relative newcomer to the premium Gin scene. Bulldog is a London dry Gin produced using old-time methods where neutral grain spirit is quadruple distilled utilising copper pot stills. The raw spirit is then steeped in an array of botanicals including: dragon eye, poppy, lotus leaves, lemon, almond, cassia, lavender, orris, liquorice, juniper, angelica, and coriander.
Tasting note: Clear. Lovely fresh citrus peel aromas combine with caraway, talc and juniper notes. The palate is quite concentrated, medium dry and gently warming with spice, citrus, caraway and pine flavours leading into a tingly, spicy back palate. Exceptionally persistent, drying aftertaste with a subtle mineral / anise fade. 40% Alc/.Vol.
Other Reviews: The nosing passes find classic London Dry aromas of juniper with assertive, prickly spirit and citrus. The palate entry is creamy, juniper-heavy and curiously chalky; the taste profile at mid palate is herbal, piney and citrusy. I like this gin a lot but wonder: Would it be even better at 47% abv?
90-95: Superb/Highly Recommended - www.wineenthusiast.com
Cadenhead's Old Raj Dry Gin (700ml)$120. 00 Bottle$1440.00 DozenABV: 55%Closure: Screw Cap
Cadenhead's Old Raj Dry Gin is one of the most intensely flavoured Gins available on the market today. Gin lovers note, while Old Raj is bottled at 55%, and carries some heat, it is in harmony with the extra flavour that Raj offers. No doubt it will be too much for some.
"What's so impressive about this breathtaking gin is that from start to finish, the 110 proof acts only as a sublime foundation for the botanicals rather than as a star performer; as delicious and comely as I could ever imagine British gin".- F.Paul Pacault - 5 Stars, The Highest Recommendation.Tasting note: Distinctive, yet very pale straw coloured tinge. Heavy, penetrating aromas exude out of the glass offering an exotic amalgam of coriander seed, saffron, white pepper, tumeric and clove with some citrus zest notes adding freshness. A rich, clean, oily mouth feel delivers an enormous attack of saffron, coriander seed, aniseed and lemon tart carried by a spicy power wave, with the flavour profile reverberating into an exceptionally long, off-dry aftertaste of indian spices and lemon tart. This extraordinary offering guarantees a stunning Gin experience. 55% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... This is the lower-proof version of the classic Old Raj. Lovely, complex gin bouquet offers aromas of coriander, juniper, anise, orris root, ground pepper, lemon peel, lead pencil, earth and tree bark. Palate entry is creamy, fruity, spicy and minty; midpalate offers layers of botanical complexity over the core juniper taste. Finishes with a wonderful rush of mint and baking spice. Fabulous. (2/1/2009)
96-100: Classic/Highest Recommendation - www.wineenthusiast.com
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Cadenhead's Old Raj Spiced Gin (700ml)UNITED KINGDOM$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 55%Cadenhead's have been making Old Raj gin since 1972 . Its slight yellow tint is due to the addition of saffron, added post distillation. New for 2018 is this spiced version, and what a fresh, exotic gem it is! Juniper, Pink Peppercorn, Orange, Almond, Cumin, Coriander, Cubebs, Rowanberry and a dash of Smoked Paprika make for a unique gin experience. Tasting note: Clear. Intense juniper with warming spices...peppercorns, saffron and coriander seed to the fore with time the glass accenting paprika heat and light citrus. Feather light on entry, but builds with a dramatic burst of pepper, paprika and coriander over a piney/earthy juniper base. Very intense, with excellent length. Strikes a nice balance between heat and more traditional gin notes. 55% Alc./Vol.
Cardrona Distillery The Source Gin (750ml)NEW ZEALAND$110. 00 Bottle$1320.00 DozenABV: 46%The Cardrona Distillery is a family-owned and managed distillery nestled high in the Cardrona Valley between Wanaka and Queenstown. Their gin is produced from both copper pot and column distillation and employs local Cardrona botanicals including juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, lemon and orange zest. Seasonal rose hip, first brought to the district by the Chinese, is also used. Tasting note: [Batch 0002 tasted] Brilliant clarity. Penetrating aromas excite the senses with intense juniper, menthol and crushed eucalyptus leaf freshness followed by white pepper, coriander seed and lemon peel. Five minutes air contact accents celery leaf and subtle cardamom. Neutral entry builds to a concentrated, medium-dry, peppery, lemon sorbet attack. Finish is textural, zesty, drying and citrus peel-fresh; Aftertaste sees juniper and lively spices trailing off in a pure, pine-wood/juniper and mineral farewell. Structured and complex. Outstanding. 47% Alc.Vol. Other reviews... Gold Medal Winner at the New York Wine & Spirits Awards 2016.
Cedar Fox Gin (700ml)Victoria, AUSTRALIA$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 40%
NB: Alc./Vol. may vary from batch to batch.
Cedar Fox is a new start up micro distillery located in the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne. The concept began in 2010 with Craig Westwood's transitioning from an award winning home brewer to his first professional gig at the White Rabbit Brewery. A stint with the New World Distillery fortified his passion for spirits. Gin and Oak aged Gin are currently on offer, with other products in the pipeline.
Tasting note: [40% Alc./Vol. batch tasted] Botanicals include juniper, coriander seed, Lebanese cucumber, Sichuan peppercorn and rosemary. Crystal clear. Medium fresh aromas include muted juniper, delicate white pepper and dried herbs. Follows through with a medium bodied, juniper and citrus peel profile and a peppery, tangy, citrus sorbet and piney juniper finish. Light easy drinking.
Cedar Fox Barrel Aged Gin (700ml)Victoria, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 44%
NB: Alc./Vol. may vary from batch to batch.
Tasting note: [44.5% Alc./Vol. batch tasted] Matured for 4 months in x whisky barrels. Pale straw gold. More lifted than the London Dry with hints of vanilla and lemon butter over juniper and white pepper. A silky, well rounded profile with creamy juniper, butter menthol lozenge and a vibrant, spicy finish.
Bass & Flinders Distillery Cerise Gin (500ml)Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$84. 99 Bottle$1019.88 DozenABV: 40%A low-key juniper style with subtle hibiscus and orange blossom aromas blended with locally sourced cherries and raspberries infused in a grape based spirit. Tasting note: Translucent pale pink. A sweet smelling spirit with lifted raspberry jube and glace cherry aromas and hints of Turkish Delight. Medium fresh entry includes raspberry tea and muted pine, sweetening with notes of raspberry sorbet, confectionary and faint juniper in the aftertaste. Balanced, tangy and warming to finish. A fun contemporary gin for Summer cocktails. 40% Alc./Vol.
Citadelle Original Gin (700ml)FRANCE$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 44%
Triple distilled from wheat, Citadelle Gin includes 19 botanicals: “coriander from Morocco; orange peel from Mexico; cardamom and nutmeg from India; liquorice from China; cubeb pepper from Java; juniper, savoury, violet and star anise from France; fennel from the Mediterranean; iris from Italy; cinnamon from Sri Lanka; almonds and lemon rind from Spain; cassia from Indochina; angelica from Germany; grains of paradise from West Africa; and cumin from Holland.”
Technically, Citadelle is classified as a London Dry gin, however, the method of production is unusual with its use of the Charentais pot still, (a form of still made popular in the 16th century for the production of Cognac, which utilizes a naked flame as opposed to team for its heat source).
Enjoy this unique Gin with a tonic and lime, or in a variety of cocktails like the 'Peche Collins' below.
Cocktail: Peche Collins
-22ml Peche De Vigne
-22ml Fresh Lemon Juice
-43ml Citadelle Gin
-Build in a pint glass. Shake three times over ice and pour into an ice filled highball. Top with club soda.
-Garnish: Peach Slice (in season) or Lemon Wheel
Tasting note: Clear. A range of aromas form a mesh of lemon merringue, orange zest and mineral notes with some heavier scents of spicy stewed pear. The flavour wave begins with orange pith, aniseed and coriander seed with a soft, spicy, slightly oily mouthfeel unfolding with excellent length. Sweet spirit backbone. Aftertaste of coriander seed and mineral with a delicate citrus zest fade. A full bodied and invigorating Gin that retains a sense of elegance. 44% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Clear. Aromas of tree bark, floral juniper, marshmallow, nutmeg, and white pepper follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with citrus pastry and taffy, dusty anise, and cream notes. Finishes with a tangy, melange of spices, sweet citrus, herbal juniper and talc. A fun, flavorful gin.
International Review of Spirits Award: Silver Medal
RATING: 89 points (Highly Recommended) - www.tastings.com
...The first nosing passes find scents of fresh flowers, jasmine, honeysuckle, and cardamom; further aeration stimulates deeper, more herbal notes including anise, grains of paradise, and cinnamon. At the palate entry, the off-dry juniper presence is clearly evident; at midpalate the taste profile turns creamy, rich, and flowery once again. Ends up off-dry, high on juniper essence, and elegant.
96-100: Classic/Highest Recommendation - www.wineenthusiast.com
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Colombo No.7 Dry Gin (700ml)UNITED KINGDOM$74. 99 Bottle$899.88 DozenABV: 43.1%Based on a 70-year-old-recipe that took Tanqueray No.7 as its inspiration, Colombo No.7 was conceived at a time when many traditional botanicals were difficult to procure due to trade blockades during World War II. Alternatives were found in locally grown cinnamon, ginger and curry leaf. On working on the recreation of the original recipe, the grandson of the founder, Amal de Silva Wijeyeratne commented: “We did try to see if we could enhance it and tried adding other botanicals and spices. We tried lemon grass, turmeric, cardamom etc., but somehow we always found that more spices didn’t necessarily make it better and seemed to take it out of balance." He adds, "My grandfather was always a perfectionist, and Colombo No.7 was already perfect. We didn’t change a thing, and in about two months the gin was ready.”
The gin is presently distilled and bottled in England using a 100% grain spirit base. Tasting note: Powerful aromas of pine needle, curry leaf and citrus peel with air contact releasing more of the former. A pure, relaxed delivery with attractive tangy citrus, restrained juniper, white pepper, and a medium long dried herbal finish with trace curry leaf heat in the aftertaste. London dry inspired with a nicely harmonised flavour range. 43.1% Alc./Vol. Other reviews… Colombo No.7 has landed at a funny time in our gin drinking history; when it was first made 70 years ago it would have been unimaginably alien with its citrus absence and curry leaf presence, but tasted next to gins created in the last couple of years it almost cries of tradition. Juniper leads the way to taste, with liquorice and angelica lending an earthy, almost dusty sweetness and a soft mouth. Cinnamon sings loud and bright, though doesn’t whip at the tongue in a typically barbarous manner, instead conspiring with the ginger and curry leaf to bring a fragrant warmth and depth. Coriander seed rounds out the flavour, bringing a hint of citrus and nuts and prolonging the finish. - http://www.ginfoundry.com …Having read the list of botanicals, I was expecting something a bit weird tasting, and possibly over spiced. I am not a fan of cinnamon either. So It was a relief to discover that Colombo No. 7 is a properly balanced gin. Juniper and citrus aromas and flavours abound, followed by subtle cinnamon. The finish has great white pepper notes. In case you were wondering it doesn’t taste of curry! Pretty much a perfect G&T, crisp with juniper and citrus with the curry leaves coming through on the finish. I used their suggested garnish of curry leaves which was delicious, but there are plenty of other garnishes that could work well like ginger, lime or mango… - theginqueen.com Silver medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016
Cotswolds Baharat Exotic Gin (500ml)UNITED KINGDOM$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 46%Baharat means “blend of spices”. Using a juniper and coriander foundation, the Cotswolds team add cardamom, cumin, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, chilli and a hint of Jaffa orange. The result takes your taste buds on a journey through the Middle East and Asia. Tasting notes: Clear. The bouquet is heavy on Indian spices – from cumin to cardamom to clove and coriander seed; liquorice root and menthol notes add freshness. Spiced-up but finely tuned attack with sweeter notes of clove and cardamom over juniper and coriander. Ends with a flourish of chilli/cinnamon heat. Contemporary, but still tastes like gin. Try it with tonic or soda. 46% Alc./Vol. Notes from the bottlers... Nose: Lots of aromatic cardamom and a hint of cumin up front. Palate: Rounded and warming, with sweet orange and lots more spice, and a gentle hint of chilli on the finish.
Dingle Gin (700ml)IRELAND$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 42.5%It doesn’t get much better than this for a new gin: There are so many awards shows these days but the WGA is one that really matters. Dingle Gin was awarded World’s Best Gin and World’s Best London Dry at the 2019 World Gin Awards. The explosion of the Irish gin market in recent years has seen the launch of more than fifty brands in Ireland and twenty gin producers, with 12 new brands introduced in 2018. Dingle is leading the pack! Made using a grain spirit base and thirteen locally grown botanicals including rowan berry, juniper, fuschia, bog myrtle, heather, chervil, hawthorn and coriander. These are macerated in the spirit for 24 hours prior to distillation, then boiled with the vapour passing up the still through the 'flavour' basket. Tasting note: Clear. Slightly viscous. Nuances of lavender, pine and citrus blossom, as well as coriander seed and pepper followed by creamy, mouthfilling flavours of orris root, lemon sorbet, ripe juniper, chamomile and peppery / piney / herbaceous notes through the finish. Full flavoured, textural and fresh. 42.5% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Winner of the Best Irish London Dry at the World Gin Awards in 2016.
Dodd's Gin (500ml)London, UNITED KINGDOM$94. 99 Bottle$1139.88 DozenABV: 49.9%
Dodd's is The London Distillery Company's first gin produced solely in Battersea, London, named after Ralph Dodd, who back in 1807 had planned to build a distillery in London for the creation of local spirits. Like his attempt to build a tunnel under the Thames, the project ultimately collapsed.
The gin itself is made exclusively with organic botanicals, including juniper, angelica, fresh lime peel, cardamom, red raspberry leaf, bay laurel, and honey from The London Honey Company.
At just under 50% Alc./Vol. expect a full bodied, punchy style that might be better matched to tonic rather than on its own.
"TLDC" is also proud to be London's first whisky distillery since Lea Valley closed its doors for the final time over a century ago. We look forward to seeing that!
Tasting note: [Batch 158 tasted] Clear, showing noticeable viscosity. Unusual opening scents are fish-oil / baked salmon-like, then vaguely herbal with suggestions of dill? Thyme? Liquorice root? Extra time finds background juniper, dried eucalyptus leaf, balsa wood and coriander. Fresher still with further exposure. A viscous, oily entry; turns gently bittersweet at the mid palate stage with juicy juniper / coriander seed and white pepper. Ends pure, clean with subtle lingering citrus oils. Unfolds in stages. Complex and confident. 49.9% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews...5 Stars. - www.diffordsguide.com
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin (700ml)IRELAND$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 43%Not only in Australia, but overseas as well, the gin market is experiencing steady growth with consumption in Europe alone forecast to increase by 12.3% by 2019. New players are emerging from all quarters. This novel release is made in the "Shed Distillery", Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim which is the first distillery in the West of Ireland in over 101 years. Opened in 2016 by the team of PJ Rigney and his wife Denise (inventors of Sheridan’s Irish Cream and Boru Vodka), the venture is already busy creating a range of spirits, including whiskey and gin. Rigney adds, “The international market is now looking for super-premium brands that stand apart, with unique heritage and unrivalled quality & taste. There’s huge international excitement about this new gin and we already have some pre-orders from China.” Handcrafted through slow distillation in a gleaming medieval copper pot still fired by steam, Rigney expands on the production process for his gin: "Various oriental fresh citrus and leaves (gunpowder tea) are added into the 3 layer infusion basket, which lies in the vapour pathway between the still and the condenser. Steam is gently applied. The vapour rises through the unique shape of the medieval head, which allows maximum copper contact, which cleans and purifies the spirit. The vapour exits the still and passes into the infusion basket, where it gently extracts the oils and aromas from the citrus and tea. Boiling in the still would extract bitter compounds from these ingredients, whereas vapour infusion only extracts the aromatic oils. The vapour passes into the condenser and is condensed down into our gin at approx. 75%. We take an early cut so as to avoid any harshness that tends to come off further into the distillation. The gin is allowed to rest for a week, which allows the oils and alcohol to infuse and for flavour to develop. It is then diluted to 43% with filtered water and gently filtered for clarity." The keynote here is 'Gunpowder Tea' (Camellia sinensishis) - a green tea that's been slowly dried then carefully rolled into shiny pellets. The flavour is bold and bright with a slight spicy freshness. Other botanicals include juniper, angelica, orris, caraway, coriander, meadowsweet, cardamom and star anise as well as vapour infused oriental lemon, lime and fresh grapefruit. Tasting note: Intense aromas of blackpepper, lemon peel and juniper in the opening pass. Later inhalations detect hints of orris root, cinnamon and chamomile tea. Follows through with robust flavours of liquorice root, cardamom, background juniper and a warming, vibrant, peppery finish with late juniper and liquorice through the aftertaste. A flavourful, spicy style that will hold up to mixing. 43% Alc./Vol. Notes from the producer: "Delightfully fresh and rounded up front with citrus, juniper & spicy notes immediately evident. The expected Juniper follows close behind. Gunpowder Tea, meadowsweet & Coriander are all notable. The overall impression is of a very well balanced and surprising gin." 43% Alc./Vol.
- Dunnet Bay Distillers Rock Rose Old Tom Pink Grapefruit Gin (700ml)SCOTLAND$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 41.5%An Old Tom style made using organic pink grapefruit. Peels are added to the botanical basket and vapour infused along with traditional gin botanicals. Sea buckthorn and Rhodiola rosea add an extra dimension. Before bottling, it's lightly sweetened with muscovado sugar. Expect a citrusy gin balancing juniper and vanilla sweetness with a finishing tang of grapefruit. 41.5% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... [Batch 3 tasted] Zesty with pink grapefruit and piney juniper to the fore.... far from sweet. In fact, despite the added sugar we consider this a dry gin. 4.5 stars - diffordsguide.com
- Dunnet Bay Distillers Rock Rose Original Edition Gin (700ml)SCOTLAND$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 41.5%The Dunnet Bay distillery was established in 2014 in the far North of Scotland by husband and wife team, Martin and Claire Murray. Both pride themselves on using local hand-foraged botanicals alongside exotic ingredients from around the world. It was the inspiration behind their first product: Rock Rose Gin. The early batches sold out in a matter of days! What sets their product apart is that it's the first gin to employ Rhodiola rosea in the mix. This unusual botanical grows on the local cliffs and reportedly gives the gin an earthy, Turkish delight flavour. Italian and Bulgarian juniper berries, rose root, sea buckthorn, rowan berries, blaeberries, cardamom, coriander seed and verbena (many of which are grown in Scotland) are also included. The citrus and floral notes combine with a little sweetness from local berries. It all works together to make a deliciously distinctive gin. 41.5% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... On the nose, Rock Rose has a delicate bouquet of rose, mixed with deeper cardamom and a touch of citrus fused into a mouthwatering mix. Tasted neat – fruity berries merge with the floral nose to give a full-bodied, rounded gin. Bright, slightly sour notes ping as the juniper comes to the fore alongside a warming heat. There’s depth and character a plenty with all the flavours that surround the piney core working in harmony. Crisp citrus, leafy eucoliptic elements, light florals and a resinous underbelly. This is good gin. It’s smooth to finish too. In a Gin & Tonic, the sharpness of the Sea Buckthorn emerges a little more, but once again is counterbalanced by round berries and a juniper heart. Rock Rose is recommended with a rosemary garnish but we tried it with a mint leaf garnish which brought out the freshness. On another occasion (for research purposes of course!) orange peel also worked well. - ginfoundry.com
Eden Mill Oak Gin (500ml)SCOTLANDReduced from $74.99$64. 99 Bottle$779.88 DozenABV: 42%A gin infused with juniper berries, angelica, coriander and aged on oak chips in old beer casks. Tasting note: Brilliant gold. Low key aromas of fresh-sawn American oak, balsa wood and light vanilla. Better integrated on the palate with the sweet oak notes enhanced by hints of coriander and piney-juniper. Ends mildly astringent, medium fresh, delicately herbal. 42% Alc./Vol.
- Edgerton Original Pink Gin (700ml)London, UNITED KINGDOM$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 43%Martin Edgerton Gill, formerly owner of the London Gin Company, discovered that whilst superb taste in the glass is key to the long term success of a liquor brand, colour really works. His creation, the world’s first blue gin “London No 1 Blue” sold in 2010 to Gonzalez Byass of Spain has been a huge success. Rather than retire on the sale of London Gin, he decided to explore the possibilities of a pink gin. Gill, who had pioneered herbal teas in the nineteen eighties used his considerable knowledge of herbs and spices to create a totally new and contemporary pink gin. Quite apart from the enticing rosiness it is a delightful and complex gin blended with no less than fifteen exotic ingredients including pomegranate. 47% Alc./Vol. No tasting notes available.
Elephant Sloe Gin (500ml)GERMANY$69. 99 Bottle$839.88 DozenABV: 35%
A berry flavoured gin created by Robin Gerlach, inspired by a passion for Africa. The appearance is a cloudy to turbid sienna red, but don't let that put you off - it implies this is unfiltered for maximum flavour. The naturalness is reflected in the aromas of fresh dried cranberries, glace cherries, cinnamon, lemon pith and hints of pine which repeat on the palate. Silky and pure, it's unadulterated and deliciously tart with a perfect balance of red berry sweetness backed up by fresher citrus, juniper and baking spice notes. The finish is gently tannic, suggesting chamomile and berry infused tea. Highly recommended. 15% of all profits go to two African Elephant charities. 35% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Cloudy garnet color. Delicate, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy pie crust, sour cherry compote, and chocolate berries with a lightly tannic, crisp, moderately sweet medium-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length herbs, peppercorns, berry tea, and medicinal roots and bark finish. A well made sloe gin with a nice pepper finish. 89 points - tastings.com
3.5 stars - diffordsguide.com
Country Winner Sloe Gin - 2020 - World Gin Awards
Elephant Gin (500ml)GERMANY$69. 99 Bottle$839.88 DozenABV: 45%
Delicious, distinctive and vibrantly styled gin...and you feel good buying it!This terrific new gin created by Robin Gerlach is inspired by a passion for Africa. In fact, 15% of all bottle profits go to two African Elephant charities.The gin is fantastic, and the packaging follows through - each bottle is named after a different elephant (handwritten on the label by a volunteer calligrapher) that's under the care of "Big Life Foundation" and "Space For Elephants". Botanicals include the savannah's "superfruit" Baobab, the extraordinary Buchu plant with a flavour similar to blackcurrant, and African Wormwood. Locally sourced spring water, fresh apples and other select ingredients include elderflower, ginger and pine needle. Tasting note: [BATCH 'Antenna' tasted] Crystal clear. A superb gin bouquet offers lifted and fresh-as-can-be, bright herbal, grapefruit-like scents in the opening phase followed by hints of pine needle and crushed eucalypt. Aeration draws lemon myrtle and mixed citrus peel to the fore. A light to medium bodied, citrus peel, pine needle profile crescendos with peppercorn and gingery heat, perfectly balanced, ending dry with hints of citrus zest and lemon myrtle in the aftertaste. Delicious, distinctive and vibrant. Gorgeous gin. 45% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... 2017 World Spirit Award Gold medal, 2016 World Spirit Award Double-Gold medal and 2017 International Spirits Challenge Trophy award.
Elephant Gin Elephant Strength Gin (500ml)GERMANY$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 57%A high strength option from the Hamburg based distillery. AKA “navy strength,” it's inspired by a style once offered by the Royal English Navy when Gin was put to the test by lighting it with gunpowder. This edition employs twice the quantity of botanicals with a focus on African buchu, sweet orange peel and herbaceous mountain pine. Bottled at 57% ABV, the labels in this series carry the names of the so-called "Magnificent Seven": the strongest and most impressive elephants known to Kruger National Park, South Africa. These precious bull elephants all bore tusks weighing more than 50kg each. Tasting note: The full, intense perfume is at first dryish, rooty, earthy. Second pass accents celery leaf, dried herbs, coriander, orange peel, ripe juniper and hints of liquorice root. An oily, juniper-drenched delivery with superbly integrated flavours of pepper, orris root, pine and liquorice through the booming finish. Excellent persistence, with the creamy mouthfeel lingering. 57% Alc./Vol. Other reviews… 4.5 Stars – www.diffordsguide.com
- Ester Dry Gin (700ml)New South Wales, AUSTRALIA$84. 99 Bottle$1019.88 DozenABV: 43%
Crafted using a traditional all-in method of distillation and arriving at a proper and well-integrated 43%, the recipe employed here takes the clean, juniper-forward profile inspired by a classic London Drys combined with Ester’s own unique twist - a punch of savoury citrus flavour and the judicious accent of locally grown botanicals. Aromatically, a proud hit of juniper, coriander and liquorice root spike the spirit with dry spice and herbaceous intensity. Then unctuous, macadamia-enhanced texture floats across the tongue, animated by earthy citrus notes of native finger lime and lemon myrtle. Sweet mandarin lifts the finish while adding a twist of elegance. The result? An unfiltered, exceptionally classy and well-balanced Gin for classicists and modernists alike, and a natural for any traditional gin cocktails. Also recommended with a fresh bay leaf and a dry tonic. 43% Alc./Vol.
Gold Medal - World Gin Awards
93 points - International Wine & Spirits Competition 2020
- Ester Strong Gin (700ml)New South Wales, AUSTRALIA$115. 00 Bottle$1380.00 DozenABV: 57%
World's Best Navy style - World Gin Awards 2021
A gin guaranteed to knock the sweat off the hottest Summers night. To create this explosive Navy-strength edition, the Ester team uses an extra roar of juniper, finger lime and lemon myrtle interlaced into the feisty punch of the 57% abv. Florals and spice weave over a foundation of citrus and pine forest; it's viscous and intense with a thunderous undercurrent of spice and citrus, all layered with complex savoury notes. The beauty of the recipe means that, somehow, nothing stands out save for the remarkable layered texture, and symphony of balanced flavours. It's been dubbed a Gin geek's Gin, yet there is nothing elitist about it: just a beautifully crafted and quintessential cocktail gin that is built for the classics. Best suited to a full bodied Gimlet, a fiery Collins or simply amplify your G&T and make it a little bit more risky for an outrageously good time. In short, a gin for bold drinkers and old lushes who like their spirits potent and full of character. Botanicals include juniper, cardamom, coriander, orris, angelica, liquorice, clove, cassia, finger lime, macadamia, lemon myrtle and pepper berry. 57% Alc./Vol.
World's Best Navy style - World Gin Awards 2021
Best in Show - Australian Gin Awards
Fair Juniper Gin (500ml)FRANCE$74. 99 Bottle$899.88 DozenABV: 42%Fair Gin is the newest addition to Noble Spirits’ ethical range of beverages which includes Vodka, Rum, Café and Goji liqueur. Handcrafted and distilled in France using their vodka as a base, Fair macerate high quality juniper berries and spices for a week before distilling everything once in a stupfler alembic. The juniper berries are sourced from a nature reserve in Uzbekistan, Central Asia. Other botanicals include cardamom, coriander, calamus roots and Grains of Paradise. Agriculture is the chief source of income for Uzbekistan's mainly rural population, but many farmers live below the poverty line. Fairtrade spices are sourced in the Kerala region of South West India. This cooperative of nearly 3050 farmers has three main objectives: to increase production, develop the social environment and promote and develop organic production. Tasting note: Crystal clear. Perfumed, bright and fresh white pepper and juniper-driven aroma with later inhalations finding cardamom to the fore. Vibrant and concentrated delivery offers piney juniper, lemon peel and a peppery, tingly mouthfeel. Finish is fresh, balanced and long followed by hints of cardamom, pepper and lemon meringue in the aftertaste. A robustly flavoured all-rounder. 42% Alc./Vol.
Ferdinand's Saar Quince Gin (750ml)GERMANY$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 30%Ferdinand's is possibly the first gin to list wine as an ingredient, being made from hand-picked Riesling grapes from the steep shale slopes of the Zilliken estate on the grand Saarburger Rausch site. Master Distiller, Andreas Vallendar also employs over thirty finely balanced botanicals taken from the vineyards as well as their own cultivated plants. Tasting note: Made by macerating home grown aromatic quinces in a gin base. The resulting bright gold coloured liquid is redolent of ripe quince, without being overly sweet. Silky in the mouth with a luxurious feel, hints of lemon add freshness while the finish offers super pure quince and lemon flavours. Barely a hint of juniper, so not very 'ginny' - but think of it as a regional homage to sloe gin. 30% Alc./Vol.
Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin (750ml)GERMANY$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 44%
Possibly the first gin to list wine as an ingredient, being made from hand-picked Riesling grapes from the steep shale slopes of the Zilliken estate on the grand Saarburger Rausch site. Master Distiller Andreas Vallendar also employs over 30 finely balanced botanicals taken from the vineyards and their own cultivated plants. Along with the basic ingredient of juniper, other regional ingredients such as sloe, rosehip, angelica, hop blossom and rose make equally important constituents. Exotic botanicals such as almond shell, coriander and ginger round off a complex profile.Tasting note: Fruity on the nose: Myer Lemon, semi-ripe pear and light juniper, with the citrus later dominating. Creamy and succulent lemon meringue, vibrant peppercorn and coriander seed flavours round off with light juniper and spicy warmth. The succulent mouthfeel is the highlight of this gin, equaled by the superb tangy finish. 44% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... "Very modern in style with juniper challenged in dominance by a plethora of other non-traditional gin flavours". 5 stars. - www.diffordsguide.com
Flowstate Craft Gin (700ml)Victoria, AUSTRALIAReduced from $79.99$69. 99 Bottle$839.88 DozenABV: 40%Tasting note: Flowstate Brewers and Distillers are family owned and based in Torquay on Victoria’s Surf Coast. With backgrounds in brewing and horticulture, they've created a gin using traditional botanicals, as well as locally sourced coastal daisy, pepperberry, hops and mixed citrus. Fruity on the nose with suggestions of ripe grapefruit, boiled lemons, light coriander, angelica and elderflower, this soft, round, medium-bodied gin builds with juniper and warming spices, and ends with a tangy, citrus accent. Easy drinking. Try it with an orange and rosemary garnish. 40% Alc./Vol.
- Four Pillars 2021 Australian Christmas Gin (700ml)Yarra Valley, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 43.8%
As with previous editions, Four Pillars Christmas Gin starts by distilling Christmas puddings. The gin is then aged in one hundred year old Muscat barrels and a slight tweak of Muscat is added to finish. What you get are aromatics of classic juniper and a hint of cinnamon, backed up with a rich, luscious palate. There's a mild sweetness from the Muscat and extended barrel ageing too. More than ever, it smells like gin and tastes like Christmas! Sip it on ice (it’s dangerously drinkable), mix it with ginger ale or beer, or try it in some great cocktails like the Christmas Cobbler (below). 43.8% Alc./Vol.
50ml Australian Christmas Gin
25ml fresh lemon juice
15ml Fino Sherry or dry vermouth
10ml sugar syrup
Add ingredients over ice in a Collins glass
Garnish with a mint sprig, orange, berries and lightly dust with icing sugar
- Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin (700ml)Yarra Valley, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 43.8%Four Pillars first new addition to the core range since 2015 was realised after a visit to Cobram Estate in Northern Victoria. During harvest, Cam McKenzie recognised that olive oil could work as a botanical. Experimentation led to olive tree leaves as well as around a litre of fresh Cobram Estate olive oil being added to the still. The oil is not what you'd purchase from the supermarket shelves. It's sourced from two Spanish Olive varieties – 'Picual' & 'Hojiblanca'- and one Italian – 'Coratina'. 250gm of local bay leaf and rosemary are also included, plus there's more coriander and much more juniper than Rare Dry. Other botanicals include lemon myrtle, fresh local lemons, macadamia and grapefruit. The gin is savoury, textural and bright.
Brand Ambassador, John Raphael adds, "The texture is quite remarkable, it’s a step away from traditional Four Pillars distillations that has always seen oranges and pepperberry in the mix... it's far more savoury and stands up to full Mediterranean tonics or the ideal Martini base." 43.8% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin (700ml)Yarra Valley, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$84. 99 Bottle$1019.88 DozenABV: 37.8%
As close as a Gin comes to a cult following!Yet another 'vintage' of this novel Aussie release has been made by steeping Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes in gin for eight weeks. The fruit was de-stemmed but kept mainly as whole berries, and the tanks were kept cold and stirred daily. After eight weeks the fruit was pressed before blending with more Gin. The final product was bottled unfiltered and is expected to develop secondary fruit characters beyond two years, but should be best consumed within two years of vintage. Notes from Four Pillars... (2017 release) The beauty of Bloody Shiraz Gin being a product of vintage means that it will never be the same. Our 2017 release has an incredibly vibrant ruby colour, which turns iridescent pink when mixed with tonic or soda. Aromatically the gin has fresh pine needles and incredible spice, and a clear peppery, dense raspberry character. The palate is lovely and sweet, with long juniper and spice characters to finish. This release is slightly lighter in colour than last year's, due to a cool vintage in the Yarra Valley with a moderate ripening period. Unlike Sloe Gin, the alcohol is 37.8% (rather than <30%) so it packs a punch and is ideal in a range of cocktails. 2016 release tasted... Deep purple with mauve edges. Berry tart, stewed plum and light pepper/paprika aromas over background juniper and grapefruit. Medium bodied with soft, silky, off-dry, juicy plum and raspberry tart flavours and a delicate grapefruit, cinnamon, white pepper, piney-juniper finish. Ends medium long, slightly sweet, with subtle spicy red fruits in the aftertaste. A delicious, creative and cleverly balanced take on traditional sloe gin. 37.5% Alc./Vol. 91 points
Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin (700ml)Yarra Valley, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 43.8%
Four Pillars wanted to create a gin specifically for the Negroni - something to cut through the Campari and vermouth. And as the Negroni has always been a favourite at Four Pillars, distiller, Cameron MacKenzie jumped at the chance to make the first collaboration in their "Bartender Series" - a tribute to the very definition of a perfectly balanced cocktail.
First, they took their base botanicals and upped the amount of Tasmanian pepperberry leaf and cinnamon. Then they added an exotic West African spice called Grains of Paradise. This is one of the most unusual spices in the world, with clove and sichuan characters. But although very powerful, the spice tends to glow rather than become hot.
They also decided to use organic blood oranges in the botanical basket, as well as some ginger.
Tasting note: Crystal clear. Intense orange sorbet opening develops pith and peel freshness followed by hints of jaffa, white pepper and cut ginger. Creamy, soft textured delivery features early orange peel and later subtle hints of juniper. Excellent balance and freshness. Cough lozenge-like warmth and light jaffa in the fade. 43.8% Alc./Vol.
Four Pillars Gin (700ml)Yarra Valley, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$74. 99 Bottle$899.88 DozenABV: 41.8%
One of Australia's latest distilling ventures is located in the Yarra Valley. Their first spirit is a modern Australian Gin; possessing an equal mix of local and exotic botanicals including Juniper Berries, Coriander Seeds, Cardamom Pods, Tasmanian Pepperberry Leaf, Cinnamon, Lavender, Angelica, Star Anise, Lemon Myrtle and Fresh Oranges.
The distiller's state, "In terms of our ambition for our first gin, we didn't want a London Dry Gin but we couldn't ignore juniper. The way we have approached it is that the juniper is the canvas and the other botanicals paint the picture. The Tassie pepper is brilliant on the palate, giving us warmth rather than heat. Lemon myrtle is a beautiful, complex and unique alternative to lemon peel. Perhaps most interesting is our use of whole oranges. It’s unusual to use fresh produce in gin but Australian citrus is highly aromatic and supports the spicier botanicals like coriander, cardamom and star anise.
Tasting notes: [BATCH No.2 tasted] Clear. Vibrant, lifted aroma is citrus focussed with its distinct lemon peel top note hovering over peppery, woody, piney, juniper notes. Second pass sees the aroma turn creamy and more lemon-meringue like. Hints of eucalyptus emerge in the final inspection to round off a very appealing gin bouquet. An unassuming entry leads into a concentrated, creamy yet spicy, medium dry profile featuring citrus peel, juniper and pepper. Excellent balance. Lemon / lime / spice aftertaste concludes with a dry, chalky fade. Consider adding this to your Gin repertoire over summer. Recommended. 41.8% Alc./Vol.
Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin (700ml)Yarra Valley, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$104. 99 Bottle$1259.88 DozenABV: 58.8%
One of Australia's latest distilling ventures is located in the Yarra Valley and it's going gangbusters. Regular readers will remember the standard ABV release from several months back. This limited edition ups the ante in an extraordinary way. It's also recently being awarded a prestigious double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 92 gins were assessed this year, with only nine scoring the double gold award. Here's the distiller explaining how they pulled it off:
"After experimenting with some exclusive batches for the Gin Palace (a Melbournian Gin institution) we decided to add fresh Byron Bay finger limes to the distillation, along with our beautiful organic oranges. This means we undertake a frenzy of distilling when these beauties are in season, and release just one edition of the Navy Strength each year.
The finger limes highlight the Asian spices like coriander and star anise, and are complemented by the addition of fresh ginger. Finally, fresh turmeric adds a fresh but earthy quality.
The resulting gin has lifted aromatics of lime curd, pine needles, and fragrant spices with a vanilla character which pulls the spices together. The palate is intense - sweet and juicy - but it is still very clean. The turmeric has added weight and earthiness to the palate with a freshness not unlike dill or cucumber." - Notes sourced from Four PIllars.
Tasting note: Brilliant rainwater clear with a bright silvery blush. Sensational intensity with lifted lemon verbena / lime cough lozenge notes in the opening pass. Further air contact shifts the accent towards juniper and orange peel over suggestions of turmeric, dried curry leaf and white pepper. A crisp, dry, juniper focussed entry preludes a powerful yet poised, creamy textured mid-palate attack with juicy orange / lime zest and vibrant peppers. Finish features lemon meringue, lime gelato and a drying turmeric-like texture followed by a medley of citrus flavours, all carried by the lively spices in a finale that seemingly never ends. Super long and immensely satisfying. Best Aussie Gin to date? 58.8% Alc./Vol.
Four Pillars & Stranger & Sons Spice Trade Gin (700ml)Yarra Valley, Victoria, AUSTRALIAReduced from $99.99$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 43.5%Tasting note: Four Pillars' fourth 'Distiller Series' gin is a collaboration with Stranger & Sons in Goa, India. Spice themed, it offers moderate, integrated aromas of crushed pine buds, lime pie and chilli flakes, later accenting turmeric. Medium-bodied, earthy juniper builds with a rush of all-spice and lemon barley sugar followed by hints of anise through the finish. Recommended with a twist of lime and a pinch of salt for a bright and savoury G&T. 43.8% Alc./Vol.
- G Vine Nouaison Small Batch Gin (700ml)Cognac, FRANCE$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 43.9%
G'Vine Nouaison employs nine botanicals including nutmeg, cubeb berries, ginger roots, liquorice, lime, juniper berries, corriander, cassia bark and green grape flower. The botanicals are infused over a two to five day process and distilled in the grape neutral spirit. Small liquor stills are utilized to insure the best quintessence. A fifth and final distillation: the green grape flowers essence, the Ugni Blanc neutral spirit and the botanical spirits are blended in perfect proportion and copper pot distilled one last time for a complete marriage.
Nouaison is one of two aromatic gins available from G'vine. This version approaches a London-Dry style with Juniper becoming a prominant feature along with a higher ABV at 43.9%.
Other reviews: Clear. Intense aromas of cinnamon bark, candied lemon peels, almond bark, and floral juniper follow through on a round, silky entry to a bold dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with with menthol, pine resin, anise, and mineral oil flourishes. Finishes with an interesting interplay of juniper and herb flavors with dried violet and winter mint top notes. A charming, exotic panoply of flavors make this a must try gin for innovative cocktails.
International Review of Spirits Award: Platinum Medal
96 points (Superlative) - www.wineenthusiast.com
Cocktail Recipe: Summer Vine45ml G’vine Nouaison
23ml Grand Marnier
7ml Vanilla Liqueur
30ml Grapefruit Juice
Pour all the in a mixing glass, add ice, shake, and serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a cherry and orange twist.
Garden Grown Gin (700ml)New South Wales, AUSTRALIA$84. 99 Bottle$1019.88 DozenABV: 42%Note: the title of this product has changed from 'Distillery Botanica' to 'Garden Grown Gin'. It's the same liquid, produced in the same way, to the same recipe, by the same people. Garden Grown Gin is produced at Distillery Botanica and employs a process known as enfleurage, a thousand-year-old technique. Traditionally it applies to flower petals - these are placed on glass trays containing a wax or animal fat called a 'corps'. This corps which is highly purified with no odour or water remaining absorbs the flavour and fragrance from the flowers. Every 24 hours the petals are removed from the tray and replaced with fresh ones. This may be repeated dozens of times per tray. The trays are stacked so that the tray on the top can trap the rising fragrance from the flowers on the tray below. Once saturated with aromatics, the corps is referred to as the "pomade" (the most highly saturated pomade is called "pomade No. 36" because the frames have been charged with fresh flowers 36 times, the maximum during enfleurage). The next step is to break up the pomade in the presence of high strength neutral spirit which takes up the natural flower oils and leaves the spent fat behind. At Garden Grown Gin, the aim is to extract the purest perfume from their chief botanical, Murraya, without the use of heat. This makes the delicate flower come alive with cues of jasmine, honeysuckle and orange blossom. Distiller, Phillip Moore adds, "the gin also includes a rose enfleurage using an old fashioned Tea Rose from our garden. It is known as the Duchess de Brabant. Our garden also supplies Chamomile flowers which when distilled immediately on picking have a delicious apple character with a delightful bitter finish. To carry on the perfume allusion of enfleurage we also use orris root which is used in Chanel No 5. In perfume and gin orris is a fixative which creates harmony and also slows down the evaporation of the more volatile aromas. Orris has its own violet aroma. It enters the palate very sweetly and adds a richness and viscosity all over. On the finish it contributes a high quality bitter and an earthiness which is almost pastry like". Tasting note: Crystal clear, shows good viscosity. Pure and ultra fresh with a juniper and black pepper base overlaid by sweet floral top notes. Aeration offers suggestions of orange blossom, rose petal and muted lavender and later hints of incense candles. Creamy yet vibrant entry with a seamless integration of juniper / herbal / floral / wax-like notes. Concludes tongue tingling, peppery, fresh, long. Delicate and multi-layered. Beautifully composed. 42% Alc./Vol.
- Generous Gin (700ml)FRANCE$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 40%A beautifully presented gin from France, made from a combination of juniper, citrus, mandarin, red pepper, jasmine & elder flower. This is the sister product to 'Generous Organic Gin' and is summed up as 'Fresh & aromatic'. 40% Alc./Vol.
Generous Organic Gin (700ml)FRANCE$110. 00 Bottle$1320.00 DozenABV: 44%Tasting note: Made from certified organic botanicals. Clear. Aromas of coriander, white pepper, lime peel and pine-fresh juniper. Creamy entry leading into a lean, light-to-medium bodied, warming delivery; coriander seed, citrus and juniper followed by a peppercorn accented finish. Tangy mandarin and lingering spice aftertaste. As sleek and elegant as the bottle suggests. 44% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Silver Medal, International Wine & Spirits Competition 2018
- Ginetic Gin (700ml)FRANCE$110. 00 Bottle$1320.00 DozenABV: 40%Distilled in Charentais stills at Distillerie des Moisans, Ginetic Gin includes juniper, Jamaican pepper, lemon peel, Spanish coriander, angelica and cinchona bark and offers notes of berries, herbs and spices. Enjoy it in a long drink. 40% Alc./Vol.
Giniu Gin (700ml)Sardegna, ITALY$169. 99 Bottle$2039.88 DozenABV: 40%This is the flagship gin from Silvio Carta, considered one of the most prestigious distilleries and wineries in Sardinia. Prized for its purity, Giniu is created exclusively from fresh juniper berries from the Sardinian coast. There are no other botanicals in the mix. Tasting note: Clear with a creamy nose-feel offering moderate aromas of pine buds and hints of lemon mousse. A light to medium bodied style. Soft-textured flavours of crushed pine needles, dried herbs and white pepper. Drying juniper finish. Try it in a Negroni. 40% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Giniu Gin is surely on of the best Italian Gin you can find on the market, the general quality is better then the other gins, let’s admit it clearly, because you will never be able to reproduce this gin elsewhere... Juniper is Sardinia is easy to find, in its sub-species “Juniperus phoenicea” or in Italian “ginepro coccolone”, because of its big greenish “cones”, that have a different aromaticity from the juniper we’re all used to smell and love. Giuniu’s Juniper smells fresher and “greener”, and it’s really inviting, a smell that everyone who has wandered in a Sardinian beach can remember. Traditionally, these “cones” were illegally distilled to produce something like a gin, called “giniu” locally, a spirit that was forgotten in recent times and that this brand wants to relive. The link with the territory is evident then, and it offers the chance to use some of the most interesting botanicals I ever smelled in a gin: myrtle, pistacia lentiscus or mastic, thyme, wild fennel, lemon and Salvia desoleana and juniper of course. They all come from Sardinia and you can tell it. - gintitaly.it
Gold 999.9 Gin (700ml)SPAIN$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 40%A homage to a gin created in the early 20th century which was said to have been made in a pot still made of gold. At the time, excavation works were taking place in the Alsace region where a site with antique valuables was found. Amongst them was a gold pot still. After these objects were deemed to have no historical value, they were put on sale. One of the buyers was an amateur distiller, a man who immediately fell in love with the gold pot still. Having acquired it, he spent years of his life looking for the perfect spirit, finally creating a gin with tangerine and a hints of vanilla and almonds. He named this special spirit Gold 999.9 as he considered it to be his liquid gold. Botanicals include juniper, almond, vanilla, cassia bark, gentian violet, poppy, tangerine, coriander, violet flowers and angelica root. Tasting note: Clear, bright gold with pale straw edges. Softly spoken on the nose with big citrus input; think orange cake / tangerine peel. Hints of chamomile too? Undeniably triple-sec like after further aeration. Light entry follows through to a medium dry, juicy orange cake / citrus peel profile. Finish is dry, delicate, gently warming. Very contemporary and very orange dominant - to the point of being hard to classify as gin. 40% Alc./Vol.
- Nick's Import
- Gordons London Dry Gin (700ml)London, UNITED KINGDOM$44. 99 Bottle$539.88 DozenABV: 37%
Gordon's traditional dry gin, distilled in England, maintains a popular following as the worlds biggest selling gin brand. The company holds warrants to supply the Queen & Queen Mother.
When in need of a stiff drink, try a 'Pink Gin':In a small wine glass: two dashes of Angostura Bitters, fill glass with Gordon's gin, a little iced water may be added if desired.
Classic Cocktail: The Gin Sling30ml London Dry Gin
This cocktail was first described in print as a bittered sling. Before the addition of bitters, a sling was spirits, sugar water and sometimes lemon.
20ml Cinzano Rosso Vermouth
15ml Lemon Juice
20ml Sugar Syrup
1 dash Angostura aromatic bitters
Soda Water, Lemon Peel Spiral
Hartevelt Citroen Genever (Jenever) (1000ml)Leiden, NETHERLANDS$59. 99 Bottle$719.88 DozenABV: 30%
- Nick's Import
Citroen Jenever (gin) is a liqueur variation whereby fresh lemon peel is steeped in the gin which is then reduced to 30% ABV to produce a smooth after dinner drink. The result is a delicious natural lemon flavour which can also be paired in sweeter mixed drinks or dried out with tonic water. 30% Alc./Vol.
No tasting notes available.
- Hayman's Old Tom Gin (700ml)London, UNITED KINGDOM$69. 99 Bottle$839.88 DozenABV: 40%
Old Tom Gin is the last remaining example of the original lightly sweetened Gins that were so popular in 18th and 19th century England. The name comes from what may be the first example of a beverage vending machine. In the 1700's some pubs in England would have a wooden plaque shaped like a black cat (an 'Old Tom') mounted on the outside wall. Thirsty passersby would deposit a penny in the cat's mouth and place their lips around a small tube between the cat's paws. The bartender inside would then pour a shot of Gin through the tube and into the customer's waiting mouth. Until fairly recently limited quantities of Old Tom-style Gin were still being made by a few British distillers, but they were, at best, curiosity items. Hayman's Old Tom Gin is an exception.
The original company of Hayman Distillers was founded in the 1800’s by James Burrough, the great Grandfather of the current Chairman, Christopher Hayman. James Burrough created the world renowned Beefeater Gin. Although Beefeater Gin and James Burrough Limited were sold to Whitbread in 1987, the Hayman family retained part of the business and continued the tradition of distilling and blending Gin and other white spirits.
Following the 18th Century tradition, Hayman's Old Tom Gin is a botanically-intensive and lightly sweetened style of gin distilled from 100% grain. In comparison to London Dry Gin, the Old Tom style delivers a more rounded taste experience with depth. The distinctive Old Tom Gin profile is the key ingredient in classic gin cocktails such as the Martinez, Tom Collins and Ramos Gin Fizz.“...it is very exciting to be reviving this old
but not forgotten classic style of Gin”
- Christopher Hayman, Chairman, Hayman Distillers
Other reviews... Clear with a silvery cast. Interesting aromas of graham cracker, almond, creamy lemon frosting, sweet spices, and delicate herbal juniper follow through on a soft, round entry to a sweet medium body with candied ginger and rose water accents. Finishes with a delicate spice cake with frosting -like fade with a touch of spun honey. Very confected and brilliantly so; use for vintage cocktails and other exotica. 40% Alc./Vol.
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
91 points (Exceptional) - tastings.com