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.
- Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin (700ml)London, UNITED KINGDOM$49. 99 Bottle$599.88 DozenABV: 40%
Released in the late 1980's, Bombay Sapphire was the first London Dry to be marketed as a 'super premium' Gin.
While most gins take their flavour from four or five botanicals, most notably, the juniper berry, Bombay Sapphire uses no less than ten, achieving an altogether more balanced and refined taste. Furthermore, the distilling process is unique. Most other gins boil up the botanicals with the spirit. But with Bombay Sapphire, the spirit is distilled alone. Thus it is in vapour form when it passes through the perforated copper botanicals basket. This process allows each delicate aroma to be absorbed from each respective botanical. These include almonds, lemon peel, liquorice, juniper berries, orris, angelica, cassia bark, cubeb berries and coriander. Bombay's character is more complex and herbal than other gins and its price is indicative of its quality.
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Bombay Sapphire Bramble Gin (700ml)UNITED KINGDOM$59. 99 Bottle$719.88 DozenABV: 37.5%Launched in early 2020, this berry infused Bombay expression is a delicious sloe-style gin bursting with natural flavours of ripe blackberries and raspberries. Created by Master Distiller, Dr. Anne Brock and Master of Botanicals, Ivano Tonutti, its name is derived from the classic 1980s 'Bramble' Cocktail (basically a Gin Sour with a dash of crème de mûre liqueur). Enjoy it with tonic, poured over ice or garnished with a wedge of lemon for a fresh G&T. No added sugar. 37.5% Alc./Vol.
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Boodles Gin (700ml)UNITED KINGDOM$59. 99 Bottle$719.88 DozenABV: 40%Dating back to 1845 and named after Boodle's gentlemen's club in London’s St. James’, founded in 1762 and originally run by Edward Boodle. Famous members of the club included former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and James Bond author, Ian Fleming (was Boodles the historical foundation for the Vesper?)
This repackaged and rejuvenated brand has been under new ownership since 2013 and is now produced at the Greenalls distillery.Tasting note: [40% ABV bottling] Quite frail aromatically, hinting at mineral, talc, lemon scented herbs and pine. Feather-light flavours echo the bouquet, with pepper warmth and juniper freshness developing towards the finish. Concludes brisk, bone dry and subdued to the point of being vodka-like. Odd. Look out for the 45.2% version.
96-100 points- www.wineenthusiast.com
Clear. Aromas of creamy porridge, lemon pastry, juniper, and spice with a plush satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, seamlessly nuanced finish with notes of lemongrass gelato, pink peppercorns, coriander and piney herbs. A fantastically flavorful and balanced gin that is sure to please the most discriminating palate.
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
93 points (Exceptional) - www.tastings.com
Boodles Mulberry Gin (700ml)UNITED KINGDOM$69. 99 Bottle$839.88 DozenABV: 30%Tasting note: Deep ruby red. Ripe red berry aromas over a subtle spirit base; Viscous, ripe berry / rasberry jube delivery rounded off with frail citrus freshness. Juniper is indiscernible. Try it over ice with a splash of lemon juice. 30% Alc./Vol.
Brocken Spectre Gin for Tonic (500ml)Tasmania, AUSTRALIA$74. 99 Bottle$899.88 DozenABV: 42%Tasting note: Aimed at creating a gin that would perfectly marry with tonic, this offers a very pure, creamy nose-feel - fresh juniper, a touch of lavender and orris root over emerging citrus. Medium bodied with bright, concentrated flavours of juniper, pepper, lemon peel and developing anise through the finish. Excellent vibrancy and length. Ends with lemon cough lozenge and warming pepper through the aftertaste. 42% Alc./Vol.
Brocken Spectre Summer (Saffron) Gin (500ml)Tasmania, AUSTRALIA$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 42%Tasting note: This 'Summer Gin' is infused with locally grown saffron, post distillation, giving the liquid a brilliant yellow-golden hue. The bouquet includes hints of wood shavings, saffron, lemon peel, fresh thyme and juniper, followed by a light-to-medium bodied anise, juniper and dried herbal delivery. The finish is tangy, fresh, with liquorice root, white pepper and lemon cough lozenge through the aftertaste. Zesty and nicely integrated. 42% Alc./Vol
Brockmans Gin (700ml)UNITED KINGDOM$74. 99 Bottle$899.88 DozenABV: 40%Produced using a high quality neutral grain spirit and Infused with ten botanicals (Juniper, Coriander, Blackberries, Blueberries, Orris Root, Cassia Bark, Liquorice, Orange & Lemon, Angelica root, and Almonds). Tasting note: Atypical gin aromas of ribena cordial and raspberry jube with little to zero juniper. Berry flavoured until the finish where light coriander seed and pine enter, balancing the sweetness. Like a flavoured vodka. Try it with ginger ale. 40% Alc./Vol.
Brogans Way Evening Light Gin (700ml)Victoria, AUSTRALIAReduced from $89.99$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 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.
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.
Brooklyn Gin (700ml)New York State, UNITED STATES$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 40%Brooklyn Gin is yet another, quality small batch offering from the ever expanding craft distilling movement currently taking place in the States.
The grain base is 100% corn sourced from upstate New York. Eleven botanicals are employed, five of which are fresh citrus peels. Much of the production process is done by hand – including the cutting, peeling and pulping of all the citrus fruits and the cracking open of the juniper berries.Tasting note: Clear / bright appearance. Grainy, new-make like opening whiffs are atypical; shifts to pine sap and herbaceous, mildly peppery notes in the second pass. Light to medium bodied, mildly junipery and gently peppery profile is medium dry, crescendos at the finish and shows good length. Subtle juniper and dried citrus peel notes continue into the warming fade. 40% Alc./Vol.
Bulldog Gin (700ml)London, UNITED KINGDOM$49. 99 Bottle$599.88 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.
Caorunn Small Batch Gin (700ml)Cromdale, SCOTLAND$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 41.8%
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Made from five Celtic botanicals and Scottish spring water, Caorunn Gin (pronounced ‘ka-roon’) takes its name from the Rowan Berry - the botanical that forms the soul of the gin (unlike most gins which are juniper based). Other unusual botanicals include Coul Blush Apple, Heather, Bog Myrtle and Dandelion.
Other reviews… A Scottish gin, you say? From the Balmenach whisky distillery in Scotland’s Speyside region comes this crisp gin, with a light juniper and citrus scent and a surprisingly warm finish with a prickle of anise and alcohol. The distiller notes list a host of intriguing-sounding botanicals, including rowan berry, heather and Coul Blush apple, which unfortunately are undetectable. However, the clean, quinine-like feel suggests this would be a fine match for G&T lovers. 41.8% Alc./Vol.
90 points - wineenthusiast.com
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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Citadelle Reserve Gin (700ml)FRANCE$110. 00 Bottle$1320.00 DozenABV: 44%
Tasting note: Aged in Cognac barrels for six months, this pale yellow hued gin has a strong juniper focus on the nose, complexed with assorted citrus peel, lemon butter, coriander seed and herbaceous / vegetative notes. Super pure, silky mouth feel carries through with semi sweet citrus peel and spicy green vegetable/ capsicum like flavours. Persistent, subtle aftertaste of citrus, cream and boiled confectionary. Idiosyncratic. 44% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews...The nosing passes find intensely herbal and cedar needle notes with more subtle aromas of citrus, orange peel and stone arriving after aeration time. Palate entry is the first time the oak influence appears as sweet tastes of vanilla and butter dominate; midpalate similarly features more of the wood than the botanicals. Finishes as much a brandy as a gin. - 90-95: Superb/Highly Recommended - www.wineenthusiast.com
Citadelle No Mistake Old Tom Gin (500ml)FRANCE$69. 99 Bottle$839.88 DozenABV: 46%Produced by Pierre Ferrand (the cognac house that owns Plantation rum), this is a variation of Citadelle Reserve (based on 22 different botanicals), sweetened using brown sugar from the Caribbean. Beautifully presented with the inevitable Tom Cat included on the label. Very small allocation for Australia. Tasting note: Pale gold. Nicely integrated herbal-juniper freshness over underlying notes of vanilla, lemon cough lozenge and pepper. Follows through with an oily, semi-sweet profile including flavours of cough lozenge, lemon iced tea, candied pineapple and a warming, delicate peppermint / juniper finish. Concludes more like a London dry. Complex and beautifully textured. 46% Alc./Vol. 6500 bottles produced.
Copperhead The Alchemist's Gibson Edition Gin (500ml)BELGIUMReduced from $99.99$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 40%
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Copperhead's 'Gibson Edition' is a collaborative effort between the Copperhead Gin team in Belgium and renowned bartender Marian Beke (from the Gibson Bar in London). Beke added thirteen new botanicals to the Copperhead Gin base, including allspice, bay leaf, cassia, dill seeds, fennel, ginger, mace and pepper. Eight-year-old jenever was then mixed in as a sweetener (Beke wanted to avoid Old Tom territory by using sugar). The result contributes a pickled twist to cocktails or can be enjoyed with premium tonic water. “As a profile, it’s very specific, it’s very complex, but it’s also very enjoyable,” says brand ambassador, Lennert Van der Cruyssen. He recommends adding a pickled garnish to finish it off.
Silver Medal Contemporary - 2020 The Gin Masters (The Spirits Business).
Copperhead The Alchemist's Black Batch Gin (500ml)BELGIUMReduced from $99.99$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 42%This is the second gin from Copperhead, also produced according to a “secretly discovered recipe" derived from “a notorious alchemist” named Mr. Copperhead who divined the ingredients while searching for “the elixir of life.” Reportedly, this is not your typical London dry, nor does it pretend to be. The five botanicals used in the original version are employed (juniper, orange zest, angelica, coriander and cardamom), however 'Black Batch" adds elderberry, black berries and black Ceylon tea to the mix. Handsomely presented in a matt black apothecary style bottle. 42% Alc./Vol.
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Copperhead The Alchemist's Gin (500ml)BELGIUMReduced from $99.99$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 40%Copperhead Gin is based on an alchemist copper distilled recipe containing five essential ingredients: angelica, juniper, cardamom, orange peel and coriander seed. Tasting note: Lifted aromas of juniper, cardamom, lemon verbena and Earl-Grey tea lead into a dryish, light to middle-weight, viscous spirit with nicely integrated herbal, piney, woodsy flavours. Brisk juniper, citrus gelato and coriander finish. Near zero burn. Moderate vibrancy. Light'n'easy. 40% Alc./Vol.
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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.
Dasher + Fisher Strawberry Gin (500ml)Tasmania, AUSTRALIAReduced from $94.99$84. 99 Bottle$1019.88 Dozen
When a fruit fly outbreak took place in 2018, a control zone was established around the Devonport area. This meant that fruit growing inside the zone was restricted from commercial sale or transport out of the control area. As a result, the region's farmers were left with few options to use their fruit. Enter George Burgess and Southern Wild Distillery. For this gin, hand-picked and hand sliced Tasmanian Strawberries (Fragaria x ananassa) were macerated for several weeks in the gin base with 19 botanicals. A little sugar was added at the end of maceration to aid extraction from the fruits.
Tasting note: [2018 first release] Brilliant ruby red to rust orange. Flashes in the glass. Decadent and dense aromas of strawberry conserve, repeating on the palate. Superb mouthfeel. Viscous, then thicker and more liqueur-like at the finish. Delicious straight up or use in Summer inspired cocktails.
ABV will vary from batch to batch.
Dasher + Fisher Mountain Gin (700ml)Tasmania, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 45%Burgess' "Mountain gin" is his Tassie riff on the classic London Dry. This full bloodied, juniper-bomb takes in 11 botanicals with a starring role given to the native pepperberries harvested from the foothills of the Blue Tier, as well as herbs found on the way to Cradle Mountain. It's a wildly fragrant shot of alpine freshness, with deep, lingering zingy coriander and earthy liquorice latching expertly onto the musky, piney juniper, and topped off by the zing of the mountain pepper. Tasting note: Ripe, juniper-forward bouquet is menthol-fresh with aromas of pine needle, pepper and sea spray; follows through to a concentrated, medium dry burst of fresh juniper, black pepper and liquorice root with a coriander accented finish. Ends pleasingly spicy, balanced and long. 45% Alc./Vol. Other reviews… Trophy/Gold - Best London Dry Style Gin. 2017 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition
Dasher + Fisher Meadow Gin (700ml)Tasmania, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 45%The Dasher + Fisher label is named for the two rivers that run from the mountains to the pristine coast of Tasmania’s north-west. Together they form the water supply for three very different gins created by George Burgess at the Southern Wild Distillery. “Meadow” is the most popular in the range and includes fifteen botanicals such as oranges, wild Tasmanian herbs and flowers as well as sage, cardamon, wild fennel, lavender, bay leaf, rosemary and juniper. Tasting note: Clear. Intense aromas of white pepper, lime juice, woody juniper and potpourri. Follows through with flavours of pepper/dried herbs and orange peel. Finishes spicy, peppery, warm and with excellent persistence. Lovely texture. Great new gin. Recommended in a G&T garnished with a slice of ruby grapefruit or in a negroni. 45% Alc./Vol.
Dasher + Fisher Ocean Gin (700ml)Tasmania, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 42%The Dasher + Fisher gins are named for the two rivers that run from the mountains to the pristine coast of Tasmania’s north-west. Together they form the label for three very different gins created by George Burgess. With years of technical expertise as a food scientist, he now spends his time foraging for botanicals or sourcing ingredients from local producers. His gins aim to reflect both place and season. This edition makes use of juniper, pepperberry, rose, chamomile, lavender, orris root and Tasmanian Wakame seaweed resulting in a clean, salty style. Perfect for a dry Martini, it also makes a wonderfully complex G&T garnished with fresh radish slices. Tasting note: Clear. Engaging scents of cut grass, kelp, rock pools counterpointed by delicate floral notes and hints of chamomile tea. A creamy, low-spice gin with well rounded flavours of piney juniper, brine, pepper and a tangy, fresh, warming finish. Nice coastal character. 42% Alc./Vol.
Dasher + Fisher Saffron Gin (500ml)Tasmania, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 40%A gin that champions one of the world's most expensive spices - saffron - and it's locally grown. Made from fourteen botanicals native Tasmanian Pepperberry, it presents a floral and spicy palette with Pepperberry warmth and sublime lingering saffron finish. Tasting note: Viscous neon yellow. A spice shop bouquet with obvious saffron, as well as hints of lemon grass, lavender and pepper warmth. Judiciously balanced, the keynote botanical never completely smothering the gin. Excellent length. Try it in a G & T garnished with a sprig of thyme. 40% Alc./Vol.
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.
Drops of Juniper Gin (700ml)Victoria, AUSTRALIAReduced from $74.99$64. 99 Bottle$779.88 DozenABV: 40%Tasting note: [Batch 001] Medium-fresh aromas and flavours of delicate juniper, citrus peel and lemon oregano; Coriander and cinnamon add zest and mid-palate depth, while the finish is nicely balanced with pith / peel vibrancy. Good all-rounder for cocktails. 40% Alc./Vol.
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin (700ml)IRELAND$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 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 Love Gin (500ml)SCOTLANDReduced from $74.99$64. 99 Bottle$779.88 DozenABV: 42%Key botanicals include juniper berries, angelica, coriander, rose petal, hibiscus, elderberry, goji berry, raspberry leaf and rhubarb root. Tasting note: Clear with a faint pink-yellow blush. Frail bouquet is mildly herbal, medium-fresh, offering low definition juniper and coriander. A soft, light bodied gin; hinting at vanilla and coriander, building with gentle pepper warmth. Concludes mildly spicy, lean, drying. Suggestions of rose-water and juniper through the aftertaste. 42% Alc./Vol.
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.
Eden Mill Hop Gin (500ml)SCOTLANDReduced from $79.99$69. 99 Bottle$839.88 DozenABV: 46%A combination of brewing and distilling. Galaxy hops are a core ingredient, alongside juniper berries, angelica and coriander. Tasting note: Brilliant pale gold. Moderate aromas of mango lassi and dried apricot over hints of coriander. Oily textured but also delicately bitter with dried mango, apricot and vaguely herbal flavours. Concludes dry, fleeting. Odd. 46% 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 Gin Barrel Aged Gin (500ml)GERMANYReduced from $125.00$109. 99 Bottle$1319.88 DozenABV: 52%Tasting note: [2019 edition] This takes barrel aging one step further by blending gins matured in three types of oak for twelve months. Fourteen botanicals are included in the pot distilled rye spirit which was finally finished in Rum casks. Fresh aromas of pine buds, lemon lozenges, light vanilla and curry leaf develop on the nose. Soft on entry but builds with a spicy crescendo including crushed curry leaves, white pepper, cough lozenge and late juniper. The finish is gently astringent, lively, warming and long. Try it in spicy cocktails or on its own as a Winter sipper. 52% Alc./Vol. 4000 bottles. Other reviews… [2017 edition] 5+ Stars – diffordsguide.com Elephant Gin contributes 15% of all of its gins’ profits to elephant conservation, including foundations such as Space for Elephants, Big Life Foundation and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Etna Gin (700ml)Sicily, ITALY$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 40%Tasting note: Infused with wild herbs and citrus grown at the foot of Mount Etna. Blood orange peel, orange spice cake and background juniper aromas follow in a well-rounded gin with impressive weight and texture. Builds at the finish, turning zesty, spiced-up and long. Strikes a nice balance between citrus oils and traditional gin notes.
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.
Finders Distillery Dry Gin (700ml)New South Wales, AUSTRALIAReduced from $79.99$69. 99 Bottle$839.88 DozenABV: 41.5%Tasting note: [Batch 104/003] From St Leonards, on Sydney's North Shore, Finders is produced in a 300L copper pot still in a single distillation. Ingredients are precisely rationed, so batch blending isn't required. Employing botanicals like chamomile, native gum and wattle seed, it offers vivid aromas of orange and lemon peel, menthol, crushed pine buds & potpourri. It also packs in the flavour for an entry level ABV; vibrant juniper, pepper and citrus combine with a silky, creamy mouthfeel, leaving you with lemon, pine and a warming finish. 41.5% Alc./Vol.
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.
Ford's Gin (700ml)UNITED KINGDOM$84. 99 Bottle$1019.88 DozenABV: 45%Distilled in London at Thames Distillers, Fords Gin is a collaboration between 8th generation Master Distiller Charles Maxwell and Simon Ford of The 86 Co. A mix of nine botanicals, the gin employs English wheat spirit as a base and includes a traditional blend of juniper & coriander seed, balanced by citrus (bitter orange, lemon & grapefruit peel), florals (jasmine flower & orris) and spices (angelica & cassia). The botanicals are sourced from Joseph Flack & Son’s, who have been importing herbs and spices for medicinal and culinary use into London for over a century. Each botanical is steeped for 15 hours before distillation in 500 litre stills. The gin is then shipped in bulk to Charbay Distillery in California for cutting and bottling. Tasting note: Bright and clear. Fresh and pure scents offer up suggestions of citrus, coriander, juniper and black pepper, following through to the silk textured, juniper focused mid palate with attractive citrus notes refreshing the finish, fading dry, tangy and gently spicy. Expertly balanced. 45% Alc./Vol. Other reviews… EASILY ONE OF THE BEST GINS REVIEWED OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS.” HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION Spirit Journal, December 2012 Gold London Dry - 2016 The Gin Masters (The Spirits Business)
- 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.