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.
1919 Distilling Pineapple Bits Gin (700ml)Auckland, NEW ZEALAND$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 41%
Tasting note: Based on an original 1950s recipe from Oamaru. Fresh-sliced pineapple aromatics follow in a medium sweet entry with a succulent, authentic pineapple and white pepper finish. Not gin-like but a delicious and natural alternative to over-confected liqueurs. 41% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Awards - Gold - Juniper Awards
1919 Distilling Summer Pink Gin (700ml)Auckland, NEW ZEALAND$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 41%Tasting note: Distilled with raspberries and locally grown strawberries, this pale pink tinted gin offers medium fresh aromas of lemonade icy pole and spice with an attractive, off-dry, easy-drinking delivery. Ends with juniper, pine buds and a mildly peppery kick. 41% Alc./Vol.
Rated top 13 Gins in the world - Sip Awards USA
Awards: Alcohol Category winner New Zealand Artisan Awards 2019
Platinum Award, Sip Awards USA - 2020
Innovation Award, Sip Awards USA - 2020
Bronze New Zealand Spirit Awards - 2020
23rd Street Distillery Violet Gin (700ml)Renmark, South Australia, AUSTRALIA$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 40%Tasting note: Distilled from sugarcane spirit, this striking ultra-violet gin employs butterfly peas steeped for eighteen hours to bestow its special tint. The floral soft nose accents lemon myrtle and home made lemonade. The palate is light and breezy with lime and low-key juniper, ending mildly peppery, lemony and medium fresh. Sensitive to pH, so the colour will change if you add tonic or lemon. 40% Alc./Vol.
23rd Street Distillery Signature Gin (700ml)Renmark, South Australia, AUSTRALIA$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 40%Twenty Third Street Distillery is the new incarnation of a century-old landmark at Renmark, in South Australia’s Riverland. Originally built by Chateau Tanunda in 1914 to take advantage of burgeoning local grape harvests, the distillery had a roller-coaster history, surviving a series of takeovers and mergers until it ceased production in 2002. When a pair of disused, South Australian-built copper pot stills were found at Berri Estate, a small team became determined to bring them back to life. The 7,500 litre capacity stills had their own story to tell, being x Hardy’s - at one stage responsible for producing the iconic Black Bottle brandy. Years of hard work running restorations and relocations has found these antiques once again fully operational at the original 23rd St premises producing brandy, whisky and gin. Tasting note: Made using ten botanicals including locally grown mandarines. Dazzling clarity with a brilliant silvery blush. Nosing finds medium-fresh aromas of juniper, lemon gelato, peppercorns and dried herbs. A light bodied, soft-textured gin with brisk flavours of piney-juniper, citrus peel, white pepper, liquorice root and suggestions of lime juice in the aftertaste. Clean but short. Relaxed easy drinking. 40% Alc./Vol.
- 5 Nines Gincello (500ml)South Australia, AUSTRALIA$69. 99 Bottle$839.88 DozenABV: 31%'Gincello' is a cross-genre spirit/liqueur that blends traditional Lemoncello (or Limoncello) with lemon gin. Delicious sipped neat or mixed with your favourite mixer, with a lemon tonic or soda with a lemon wheel garnish. 31% Alc./Vol.
- 5 Nines Grapes of Eden Gin (500ml)South Australia, AUSTRALIA$69. 99 Bottle$839.88 DozenABV: 31%The Grapes of Eden gin has a wonderful long infusion of sweet Traminer grapes harvested by hand from Eden Valley in South Australia. This creates a deliciously sweet complex spirit which is wonderful to enjoy as an aperitif or with a mixer. Those who love "Sloe" gins, should definitely give this a try. 31% Alc./Vol.
5 Nines Rare Dry Gin (750ml)South Australia, AUSTRALIA$84. 99 Bottle$1019.88 DozenABV: 40.9%David Pearse and Steven Griguol work from the Adelaide Hills with an aim to create the perfect spirit - hence the name "5Nines" = 99.999% perfection. Their gins include a mix of juniper, coriander seed, orange, native desert lime, native pepperberry, cardamom, angelica, cassia and native quandong. Tasting note: [Batch 2] Oddly sweet at first (cereals, honey), brief of air contact freshens the nose releasing hints of juniper, pepper, distant peppermint and citrus peel. All very subtle. Mouthfilling, with near zero burn. A nice medley of citrus, coriander and chamomile-like flavours as well as white pepper and juniper. Lovely texture. 40.9% Alc./Vol.
5 Nines Wild Citrus Gin (750ml)South Australia, AUSTRALIA$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 48%Tasting note: [Batch 2] As the label suggests – lots of citrus: Fresh-sliced orange, mandarine peel and ripe grapefruit aromas are backed up by light juniper. In the mouth it's like a gin-based triple sec (less the sugar) with a creamy, tantalizing play of citrus oils, pith and peel. Definitely contemporary, so not for everyone - but very well done. 48% Alc./Vol.
5 Nines Sticks & Stones Navy Strength Gin (750ml)South Australia, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 54.3%Tasting note: [Batch 2] Penetrating piney, earthy aromas also evoke turmeric, cardamom and flashes of vanilla bean. Creamy and full on entry with a citrus / juniper surge then more peppery and delicately bittersweet towards the finish. Trace citrus peel and liquorice root aftertaste. Very textural and moreish. 54.3% Alc./Vol.
- 78 Degrees Desert Gin (700ml)Adelaide Hills, South Australia, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 48%
A contemporary, high ABV Aussie gin that you can drink neat. Well balanced & bold the style is citrus forward, soaked with three species of house roasted wattleseed creating a golden hue & allowing the roasted and toasty flavours of the Australian Desert to shine through. Recommended with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic garnished with dehydrated blood orange.
78 Degrees Sunset Gin (700ml)Adelaide Hills, South Australia, AUSTRALIA$84. 99 Bottle$1019.88 DozenABV: 42%Produced in small batches using grape spirit, this new 78 Degrees Gin is vapour distilled using a unique column and basket distillation method in order to retain delicate flavours and aromas. Botanicals include juniper, (fresh pine and resiny notes), Strawberry Gum (Leafy, herbaceous & strawberry characters), Bush Apple (Tannin, acid structure and floral notes) and Rosella (Floral with undertones of raspberry, rhubarb & plum). Try it in with Mediterranean Tonic garnished with Davidson Plums or Strawberries & Thyme. Tasting note: Very pale pink blush. Herbaceous aromas with brief air contact accenting piney juniper, white pepper and hints of semi-ripe berries. Light on entry, offering lemon, pine and tart berry flavours in a brisk, medium fresh, peppery delivery. Suggestions of celery, pine and musk confectionary through the warming aftertaste. Good length. Something a little bit different while retaining gin's traditional keynotes. 42% Alc./Vol.
Adelaide Hills Distillery 78 Degrees Small Batch Gin (700ml)Adelaide Hills, South Australia, AUSTRALIA$84. 99 Bottle$1019.88 DozenABV: 42%On the road between Lobethal and Mount Torrens in the Adelaide Hills, Sacha La Forgia has set about creating the district's first gin. Botanicals include juniper, coriander, citrus, Clove, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Star Anise, Orris and Angelica Retasted 2017 Brilliant crystal clear. Great freshness. Nosing detects liquorice root, anise, piney juniper, light coriander, orris root, lime juice and a peppery tingle. A viscous, silky delivery with seamlessly integrated citrus sorbet, juniper and dried herbal notes and a creamy, spicy finish. 42% Alc./Vol. Retasted 2016 Ideal clarity. Pure and ultra fresh aromas are of crushed pine needle / juniper, plus hints of lemongrass and white pepper. Creamy entry follows through with vibrant midpalate flavours of lemon mousse, pepper and menthol / pine at the finish concluding super fresh, poised and long with a warming white pepper, menthol and juniper fade. 42% Alc./Vol. 92 points First release tasted August 2015 Brilliant crystal clear. Offers up bright scents of lemon verbena and juniper followed by hints of celery and fennel. Several minutes in the glass finds the accent on potpourri. Light to medium bodied with pepper, juniper and lemon meringue at mid palate. Ends fresh, dry, mildly piney, sappy and sweetly herbal in the fade. 90 points 42% Alc./Vol.
- 2020 Animus Distillery Ananas Gin (500ml)Central Victoria, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 44.8%
A celebration of the Animus team's shared love of adventure, experimentation and music, the distillery's latest label is inspired by those old vinyl records with plain white labels, released to test new music in the market (aka 'Test Pressings'). This gin equivalent is a unique blend of pineapple, lemongrass and lime matched against the key botanicals used in the core gin range. Delicious neat, served in a G&T or try it in your favourite Tiki cocktail. 44.8% Alc./Vol. 328 bottles produced.
Animus Distillery Macedon Dry Gin (700ml)Central Victoria, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 50%Founded in 2015 by four friends, Animus Distillery soon outgrew its Fitzroy origins and is now located in central Victoria. Triple filtered, 100% Australian grain spirit is used and many of the botanicals (all vapour pressed in a 50L copper still) are grown on the property. During production botanical baskets are changed every few litres and the final ABV is kept relatively high in order to maximise flavours. Tasting note: Clear. Opening sniffs are moderately peppery / spirity with floral-yet-earthy scents of dried herbs (tarragon / lavender / thyme?) and white pepper over background citrus oils. Air contact adds green juniper and lime peel to the mix. A lively, concentrated, resinous delivery includes early juniper followed by an alluring mixed herb / pepper combo with distinct lime peel, subtle smokey cardamom, cinnamon and saffron at the finish. Concludes mildly oily, tongue tingling and medium long. A robust, full bodied style with a touch of Asia to it. 50% Alc./Vol.
Animus Distillery Davidsonia Gin (500ml)Central Victoria, AUSTRALIA$110. 00 Bottle$1320.00 DozenThis is sloe gin with a distinctly Australian intensity and character. Animus have employed a variation of their over-proofed Macedon Dry recipe as a base for steeping the Davidsonia plums, with the spicy warmth of this gin base complementing the rich and vibrant character of this unique fruit. Exquisite neat, with a dash of soda and a squeeze of lime, or in a range of distinctive fruit-driven gin cocktails. Note: ABV will vary from batch to batch.
Extremely limited stocks. Tasting note: [Batch 1 tasted] Brilliant translucent pink. Lifted spice, ripe lemon and tart red berry aromas. Silky textured with a fabulous burst of tart berry, sour plum and pepper through the middle stage. Mildly herbal, peppery, junipery towards the finish. Late spice and citrus sweetness through the aftertaste. A beautifully composed take on traditional sloe gin.
Animus Distillery Arboretum Gin (700ml)Central Victoria, AUSTRALIA$125. 00 Bottle$1500.00 DozenABV: 50%Tasting note: Perfect clarity. Robust aromas are earthy, dried herb-like offering white pepper, root-vegetable, thyme; air contact adds citrus-peel and crushed pine needle / menthol freshness. Final pass detects bay leaf, liquorice root and delicate cinnamon. Full bodied, concentrated attack. Leads with orange pith and lime peel followed by turmeric, cardamom, liquorice root and peppery juniper to finish. Ends dry, cool-mint like, spicy, invigorating. So much happening here. Fabulous new-world gin. 50% Alc./Vol.
Animus Distillery Ambrosian Gin (700ml)Central Victoria, AUSTRALIA$125. 00 Bottle$1500.00 DozenABV: 50%Founded in 2015 by four friends, Animus Distillery soon outgrew its Fitzroy origins and is now located in central Victoria. Triple filtered, 100% Australian grain spirit is used and many of the botanicals (all vapour pressed in a 50L copper still) are grown on the property. During production botanical baskets are changed every few litres and the final ABV is kept relatively high in order to maximise flavours. Tasting note: Clear. Aromas of juniper at the piney, sappy end of the scale along with background orange pith / peel and muted peppers. 3-4 minutes of air contact emphasises spicy citrus oils (mandarin / orange) and adds a gingery warmth to the bouquet. Entry is moderately oily / creamy followed by a concentrated, citrus-led attack finishing with lemon verbena, faint ginger beer-like notes and lingering piney juniper adding freshness. Spiced-up yet well balanced new-world gin. 50% Alc./Vol.
Anther Cherry Gin (700ml)Victoria, AUSTRALIA$95. 00 Bottle$1140.00 DozenABV: 27%Formally branded ARTEMIS, Anther's single-estate/seasonal limited edition is a take on the traditional Sloe style. Cherries are sourced from Simon Spreyton of Spreyton's orchards, a small family owned farm in Northern Tasmania. Their fruit is highly sought after in Asian markets where it commands a premium. Cherry season is between mid-December and mid-January, hence this release is annual. Production remains true to this distillery's garagiste approach - 200kg of cherries are stoned by hand (that's about 12,000 cherries!) then placed in holding tanks to macerate in gin. The vivid red liquid is then strained, diluted and a little sugar is added before bottling. Tasting note: Slightly cloudy ruby red. Retains a piney, cool mint, lemony freshness through the cherry glace, blackcurrant and dried cranberry notes making for an enticing combination. Creamy cherry nectar and cranberry juice flavours over hints of black pepper and pine with late citrus and herbal tea notes lifting the finish. Nicely done; would love to see it at higher ABV. 27% Alc./Vol. Expect a light sediment.
Anther Gin (700ml)Victoria, AUSTRALIA$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 44%
Champion Gin at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards 2018.'Artemis' has been renamed 'Anther', after the part of a flower that holds pollen, the essential element for reproduction for botanicals. Hand distilled in small batches in Collingwood, Melbourne, this is a juniper forward, classic London dry style, complimented by Australian native botanicals. It's a spicy, savoury gin with a kick of citrus and a long finish of clove, nutmeg and ginger, bottled at a slightly higher strength than your average gin to give the botanicals extra punch. Great in a G&T, a perfect match with Vermouth in a Dry Martini or Negroni, and the spices in Anther emerge in citrus cocktails like the White Lady or Southside. Tasting note: Something special captured in the bouquet with a tangible creaminess to the "nose feel"; scents of green cardamom, citrus oils and coriander becoming pine-like with further air contact. Excellent freshness and lift. A creamy, delicately spicy delivery with bright juniper and coriander flavours and a tangy, citrus accented finish. Ends medium long, with lingering cool mint / pine and juniper freshness. 44% Alc./Vol.
Applewood Coral Gin (500ml)Adelaide Hills, South Australia, AUSTRALIA$69. 99 Bottle$839.88 DozenABV: 43%Tasting note: Inspired by the Great Barrier Reef, this idiosyncratic pink-tinted gin features strawberry gum and riberries. Woody juniper aromas combine with hints of fresh kelp and strawberry. The palate follows with medium-fresh flavours suggesting gobstopper, raspberry jube, pepper and late sappy pine. Recommended in a Gin Fizz. 43% Alc./Vol.
- Applewood Distillery Navy Gin (500ml)Adelaide Hills, South Australia, AUSTRALIA$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 58%Crafted with the highest quantity of juniper we have ever used whilst doubling the volume of ultra rare desert limes and Asiatic yuzu elevates the intensity of Applewood gin to the next level. Recommended with dry tonic, garnished with lemon peel. 58% Alc./Vol.
- Applewood Distillery Gin (500ml)Adelaide Hills, South Australia, AUSTRALIA$69. 99 Bottle$839.88 DozenABV: 43%A Gin that accents the tart, bright green flavours of the Finger Lime and then gives a double-tap of savoury Desert Lime. In all, 25 individual botanicals play a part, with aromatic support delivered by Peppermint Gum Leaf, Saltbush, Wild Thyme, Pepperberry, Wattleseed, Anise Myrtle, Macadamia and of course - a solid dose of juniper.
Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin (700ml)Sydney, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 42%Tasting note: Includes a number of Australian native ingredients including blood limes, river mint and Dorrigo pepperleaf. Crystal clear. Impressive juniper / lime peel lift to the bouquet. Exposure adds delicate scents of pepper, coriander seed and fresh picked sweet oregano to the mix. Medium dry entry leads into a juicy lemon verbena / piney juniper profile. Ends clean, peppery and citrus lozenge like. 42% Alc./Vol.
Archie Rose Distiller's Strength Gin (700ml)Sydney, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 52.4%A much-anticipated release for September 2016, designed to shine in mixed drinks and cocktails. This includes fifteen individually distilled botanicals (both native and imported) such as pears from Orange in greater western NSW, rose petals, elderflower and distilled honey from the distillery's rooftop beehives. Says Archie Rose manager Harriet Leigh, "We upped the botanicals in the gin so they'd be more pronounced and pack a punch in G&T or Negroni. But I've also enjoyed it in a Last Word, a Southside and a Tom Collins. I believe in thorough research." Tasting note: Clear. Intensely aromatic with a medley of white pepper, citrus peel, piney-juniper and background cardamom / coriander. Skillfully balanced, with a creamy, gently peppery attack and flavours of lemon meringue, pine needle, coriander and a vibrant, oily, spicy finish. Medium long. A juniper/ citrus forward style that's nicely integrated. 52.4% Alc./Vol.
Audemus Pink Pepper Gin (500ml)Cognac, FRANCE$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 44%The Audemus Distillery is atypical for Cognac. Instead of giant copper pot stills, they operate a small vacuum still out of a living room. Their method is simple and well documented: "By lowering the pressure inside the still, we lower the temperature at which the alcohol will boil – meaning we avoid cooking the botanicals we distill; ensuring the freshness of flavour is maintained." explains co-owner, Miko Abouf. "Distilling is always distilling – evaporating and condensing; nothing more – however, it is a process that is infinitely complex in its simplicity and allows for a myriad of detail." Pink Pepper's botanical regime is an interesting mix of juniper, black cardamom, pink peppercorns, cinnamon, honey, vanilla and tonka beans (two others are left secret), however, noticably absent is the second most used botanical in gin - coriander. Vanilla and tonka beans are infused post distillation, bringing added viscosity. Abouaf and co-creator, Ian Spink also say their gin is designed to age, with time in the bottle accenting the sweeter botanical notes. "Every botanical we distill is done so individually, with its own specific method." says Abouf. " The maceration time, botanical ratio, alcohol ABV, distillation time, pressure and temperature will all depend on the botanical’s character. If we’re looking for delicate flavours – everything will be done with a gentle touch. If we’re looking for spicier and stronger notes, we will increase the intensity at which we will extract flavour. Juniper is a brilliant example to illustrate this; for Pink Pepper Gin, we distill our juniper at 55 degrees extracting medium spice and intensity. At higher temperatures we’d extract more resiny (terpenic) flavours, at lower temperatures we’d extract greener and more citrusy notes." Abouf adds “My aim is to create atypical and awesome spirits. This is all part of the same mentality of boosting the dynamism of the spirits industry, as well as working with the ‘Made in France’ label to make something which is contemporary, (but) built on traditions of the past.” Tasting note: [20ml sample] Clear. Fascinating aromas of crushed tea tree leaves, light rosemary, trace tarragon and white pepper. Creamy-yet-concentrated with a burst of bush honey, cinnamon and vanilla bean. Finishes vibrant, dry, pleasingly spicy with flavours of cinnamon doughnut and roasted herbs. Very engaging, distinctive, new world style. 44% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Double Gold 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 3.5 stars "...like a spicy old Tom " - diffordsguide.com
Audemus Spirits Umami Gin (500ml)Cognac, FRANCE$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 42%Tasting note: A gin named after the fifth basic taste, ('umami' is also known as 'savoury'). The concept is to provide the perfect base spirit for a Martini. Produced using hand picked Sicilian capers, parmesan and two other savoury ingredients combined with neutral wheat spirit, then briefly barrel aged, it's wonderfully scented with a keynote of fresh capers, plus hints of white pepper and green capsicum, ending on a spicy note of fresh-sliced chillies. Evocative and unique. Experiment with dry, savoury cocktails. 42% Alc./Vol.
Throws a natural sediment. This is not a production fault.
- Australian Distilling Co. Melbourne Gin (700ml)Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 40%Melbourne is a city that celebrates the old and the new and whatever comes next, transcending traditions and transforming them into that elusive quality that is the city's charm. Distilled in Brunswick, this truly Melbourne spirit uses locally sourced, classic gin botanicals to create a multi layered, balanced blend including juniper, coriander, orris root, pepper, ginger and cinnamon. 40% Alc./Vol.
- Australian Distilling Co. Perth Gin (700ml)Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 40%With clear blue skies, golden beaches and cosmopolitan precincts in between, Perth is as diverse as it is welcoming. This gin is locally crafted in Fremantlle and combines boronia and lemon myrtle in a blend that captures the city’s flourishing energy. A gin not only made for Western Australians but one that's perfectly Perth. 40% Alc./Vol.
- Australian Distilling Co. Adelaide Gin (700ml)Adelaide, South Australia, AUSTRALIA$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 40%Produced in Hackney, South Australia, the flavours in Adelaide Gin are floral in nature, built up using a traditional range of spices including cardamom, juniper, orris, coriander, and nutmeg, as well as the beautiful richness of Kangaroo Island lavender. Perfect neat, those who prefer to mix their gin should serve this with something that compliments its floral nature, such as a light tonic with a sliver of orange. As an alternative, Elderflower makes a lovely pairing. 40% Alc./Vol. Gold Medal at the 2019 Berlin International Spirits Competition.
- Australian Distilling Co. Sydney Gin (700ml)Sydney, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 40%A gin that epitomises the sparkling glamour of Australia's most beautiful coastal city. Full of celebration and ambition, Sydney is effervescent. With this in mind, juniper and a series of spices have been employed to build up a solid base spirit, which was then infused with native lemon myrtle, orange rind and lime peel to give it a zesty 'Sydney zing'. Where possible, botanicals are locally sourced. Gold Medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Autonomy Quandong Gin (500ml)Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$64. 99 Bottle$779.88 DozenABV: 40%Tasting note: Quandong, Tasmanian pepperberry and orange peels collected from market juicers are used to create this 'low food mile' gin. Brilliant brass gold in colour, the nose presents a finely tuned blend of figs, wine-soaked pears and orange oils, making this somewhat dry curacao-like. Flavour wise, it's more ginny and spicy, delivering a beautifully integrated combination of juniper, orange zest and peach with budding peel and pine freshness towards the finish. Think of it as Cointreau-meets-gin with an Aussie twist. Perfect neat or try it with tonic and a peach garnish. 40% Alc./Vol.
Aviation Batch Distilled Gin (700ml)Portland, Oregon, UNITED STATES$69. 99 Bottle$839.88 DozenABV: 42%
A unique partnership between Lee Medoff and Christian Krogstad of House Spirits Distilling in Portland, Oregon, and mixologist Ryan Magarian of Liquid Kitchen in Seattle. Believed to be the first collaboration of its kind, the gin employs a traditional Dutch copper pot still all-Rye grain base, which brings it's own zest, spiciness and weight compared to corn or wheat base counterparts, combined with a more even handed blending approach (i.e.- less juniper than a London Dry Gin). Other botanicals include cardamom, coriander, lavender, aniseed, saraparilla and dried orange peel.
Chris Carllson of Spiritsreview.com commented: "While taking an old style genever or American style base they have added a deft sense of blending, maceration and distillation to create a truly outstanding Gin. This is the gin to use to resurrect those classic pre-Prohibition American cocktail recipes such as the Alamagoozlum and a host of others, that simply cannot be done with a London Dry...a must have for the discerning gin connoisseur."
Tasting note: Clear. A sweet star anise top note descends the liquorice octave to fennel and sarsaparilla over hints of dill, caraway and rye bread. Soft, glycerous entry leads into a broad, semi sweet rye, caraway, anise flavour profile with citrus zest adding freshness. Excellent balance. White pepper to finish refreshed by sarsaparilla and caraway through the aftertaste. A solid alternative to traditional Genevers. 42% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... The bouquet emits earthy/mineral-like and fruity scents of slate/stone, wax and orange zest. The palate entry is very citrusy and tart; at midpalate the flavor profile turns astringent and bitter with major grain and citrus fruit influence. Concludes zesty, acidic, fresh and clean. A floral/citrusy style that’s completely different from London Dry's. 85-89 points. - www.wineenthusiast.com
Balcombe Coastal Gin (500ml)Victoria, AUSTRALIA$74. 99 Bottle$899.88 DozenABV: 41%Tasting note: A winemaker's gin that includes a fascinating array of botanicals inspired by the Mornington Peninsula. These include foraged samphire, salt bush, wild fennel, Java long pepper and blood orange. Distilled by Garagiste Vintners in collaboration with The Craft & Co. Mildly cloudy with thick legs. Engaging aromas open earthy, then intensely herbal in the initial whiffs. Aeration adds an enticing splash of sea shore, fresh cut cedar, lemon peel, light juniper and spice. Silky, viscous and exceptionally smooth. Mid palate evokes flavours of kelp, citrus, coriander and potpourri. Finish rounds out delicately salty, citrus-peel-fresh and impressively long. A beautifully textured, coastal inspired gin. 41% Alc./vol.
Bareksten Botanical Gin (700ml)NORWAY$110. 00 Bottle$1320.00 DozenABV: 46%Tasting note: [batch 39] Made up of of 26 organically grown botanicals, 19 of which are locally sourced. Clear. Soft nose-feel presents sappy, earthy juniper aromas as well as crushed pine shoots, coriander and frail citrus. Beautifully rounded with creamy, mouthfilling citrus peel, juniper, coriander seed and white pepper flavours with a fresh pine and citrus accented finish. Vivacious, melt-in-your-mouth gin for all applications. 46% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Double Gold - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017 Category Winner World Gin Awards Green stalk and white pepper aromas. Clean, but with a slightly strange texture
Barossa Distilling Generations Gin (700ml)Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIAReduced from $89.99$74. 99 Bottle$899.88 DozenABV: 42%Operating from the old Penfolds distillery on the Provenance Barossa site in Nuriootpa, the Barossa Distilling Co opened in 2017. Their gin offers a fusion of twelve botanicals, distilled with premium quality Barossa grape spirit. Juniper and South Australian citrus combine with a novel use of toasted French oak in the distillation which contributes hints of vanilla and ups the mid palate weight. Tasting note: Lovely assortment of citrus notes (lime, grapefruit, lemon) over drier, earthier scents of juniper, coriander and delicate chamomile. Very fresh feel to the delivery. Robust citrus flavours backed up by lively coriander, juniper and tangy acidity on the finish. Great depth at this ABV. Very vibrant and moreish. 42% Alc./Vol.
Bass & Flinders Distillery Angry Ant Gin (500ml)Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$110. 00 Bottle$1320.00 DozenABV: 40%Tasting note: [LOT 1 tasted] Perfect clarity showing considerable viscosity. Dryish bouquet captivates with intriguing fruity aromas reminiscent of Maraschino cherries, fresh prunes, rhubarb tart or semi-ripe nashi pear. Second pass ups the vibrancy and introduces citrus peel, pine needle, sap and balsa-wood like notes. Feather light on entry, developing with a medium bodied, restrained piney / sappy profile and a powerful lemon cough lozenge surge that surprises for this ABV. Ends poised and lively with suggestions of liquorice root, lemon grass, eucalyptus oil and late Vapo-rub in the aftertaste. Exceptionally long. A highly creative, idiosyncratic expression that pushes the boundaries of what gin can be. 40% Alc./ Vol.
Bass & Flinders Gin 10 Wild & Spicy Gin (700ml)Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 40%Tasting note: Produced from 10 botanicals. Crystal clear. Intense aroma features scents of crushed eucalyptus leaf and pine needle becoming more juniper focused after exposure. Good concentration with mildly peppery, juniper and eucalyptus leaf flavours, feather-light towards the tingly, spicy finish and trailling off with a subtle juniper and citrus peel fade. 40% Alc./Vol.
Bass & Flinders Distillery Soft & Smooth Gin (700ml)Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 40%A new Australian gin from the Mornington Peninsula, vapour distilled in small batches. Tasting note: Crystal clear. The floral aroma includes scents of fresh lemon peel, coriander and juniper. Entry is water like, intensifying to moderate concentration by mid palate which is, as the label suggests, satin textured and eminently accessible with its balanced juniper, citrus zest and pepper focus. Finish is bone dry, squeaky clean and in the leaner, lighter range. 40% Alc./Vol.
Bass & Flinders Distillery Monsoon Gin (700ml)Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 40%An exotic blend of 8 botanicals including lemongrass and coriander. Tasting note: Crystal clear. Frail opening aroma gains intensity after a short breathe to yield an attractive lemongrass and coriander accented bouquet with a delicately peppery edge. An exotic amalgam of lemon grass, lozenge and a late ginger flourish makes for a delightful twist on the palate. Outstanding length. Finishes more ginger beer like. A terrific ingredient for Asian inspired cocktails. 40% Alc./Vol.
Bathtub Gin (700ml)London, UNITED KINGDOM$84. 99 Bottle$1019.88 DozenABV: 43.3%Bathtub gin originally referred to any style of homemade spirit made in amateur conditions. The term first appeared in 1920 in the prohibition-era United States, in reference to the poor quality alcohol that was being made in home bath tubs and mixed into cocktails to disguise its coarse flavour. Obviously, this contemporary version is not that sort of gin. Bathtub Gin is created using the traditional method of ''cold compounding'' . Very high quality copper pot-still spirit is infused with juniper, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Production is restricted to ultra-small batches of only 30-60 bottles at a time, and the length of the compounding period is controlled entirely by periodic sampling. The result is a gin that's lightly tinted by the botanicals, and with a flavour which is both bold and perfumed all at once. Packaged using brown paper, string and wax, the striking presentation is reminiscent of a Victorian apothecary. Tasting note: Bright gold. Lifted and complex bouquet includes piney juniper, lemon cough drops, sweet oregano plus notes of pepper and cardamom. Medium bodied with attractive spicy, woody-juniper flavours and a glowing white pepper, citrus zest, pine and Fisherman's Friend accented finish. A vivacious, drier-style that's easy to like. 43.3% Alc./Vol. Awarded Gold - Contemporary Styles - 2012 International Wine & Spirit Competition.
- Beefeater Gin (700ml)London, UNITED KINGDOM$49. 99 Bottle$599.88 DozenABV: 40%
Gin has been produced in England since the early seventeenth century. During the nineteenth century, a chemist named James Burrough combined the wild flavour of juniper with the subtle sweetness of angelica and the spicy orange of coriander to produce a new highly aromatic style. Burrough was supposedly the first to coin the term 'London Dry' to differentiate the style from its Dutch counterparts.
Beefeater follows the traditional London style, while retaining a particularly soft and delicate mouthfeel. In comparison with other gins similarly priced, Beefeater represents good value for money. 40% alc./vol. An ideal mixer for a Singapore Sling. No tasting notes available.
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Berry Bros & Rudd No.3 Gin (700ml)London, UNITED KINGDOM$79. 99 Bottle$959.88 DozenABV: 46%No.3 is the London Dry Gin distilled to a proprietary recipe of Berry Bros. & Rudd., one of the world's oldest wine merchants based in London (est.1698). The gin itself is produced in Holland from a grain base spirit. 'Number 3' refers to the range of botanicals employed which include three fruits - juniper, from Italy, sweet Spanish orange peel and grapefruit peel; and 3 spices - angelica root, adding an earthy, drying quality; Moroccan coriander seed, which releases a lemony flavour during distilling as well as adding a spicy, slightly peppery finish, and cardamom pods, which also add a spicy, aromatic, warm bite.
Tasting note: Clear. Perfumed aromatics include fresh cut grapefruit, unripe raspberries, lavender, black pepper and pine sap. The palate is full bodied, concentrated and assertive led by a spicy, peppery attack, with juicy grapefruit flavours followed by a hint of coriander. Outstanding length. The warm spiciness carries right through with a late burst. Aftertaste of grapefruit, ripe lemon and freshly sawn pine. An outstanding, masculine-styled gin defined by grapefruit and spice. 46% Alc./Vol.
- Big Tree Seasonal Cumquat Gin (700ml)Macedon Ranges, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$89. 99 Bottle$1079.88 DozenABV: 42%Guided by the seasons on the farm, Big Tree decided to have a bit of fun and produce an ever-changing line of gins to reflect the seasons and country life. They managed to forage enough cumquats to make this very popular, citrusy smooth gin, oozing warmth ideal for sipping on a cold winter's night. 42% Alc./Vol.
Big Tree Claude Navy Strength Gin (700ml)Macedon, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$99. 99 Bottle$1199.88 DozenABV: 58%Big Tree Distillery was established by a gin-loving husband and wife team devoted to bringing you truly home-grown spirits from the Macedon Ranges in Victoria. Three gins are on offer - 'Seasonal', 'Elegant Dry' and a Navy Strength edition named 'Claude'. All are created using (mostly) local ingredients and fresh rainwater from the farm. Where possible the team pick and forage some of the more interesting botanicals as locally as possible with the help of a gin loving botantist. Bottled at high ABV, Claude includes a touch of Southern Sassafras foraged from the Victorian mountains. Tasting note: [Batch 2] Super-dense and juniper-heavy on the nose; pine forest floor, orris and liquorice root as well as hints of grapefruit and dried herbs. Never lets up. Huge yet impeccably balanced in an intense citrus / juniper / herbal and liquorice accented attack with Fisherman's Friend rounding off a cascade of profound ginny flavours. Ends oily, peppery, prolonged. Tremendous stuff. 58% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Double Gold Medal, World Spirits Competition.
Black Robin Rare Gin (750ml)NEW ZEALAND$74. 99 Bottle$899.88 DozenABV: 43%A gin that combines traditional exotic botanicals with native New Zealand Horopito, one of the world's most ancient flowering plants. The name is inspired by the extremely rare and endangered black robin (Petroica traversi), found only on the remote Chatham Islands. A percentage of profits are donated to the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand, an organisation dedicated to the preservation of the blue duck for future generations. Tasting note: Crystal clear, silvery appearance. Initially juniper focussed bouquet is followed by hints of dried parsley, black pepper and citrus peel. Medium dry, light to medium bodied; presents an interesting combination of juniper, pine and dried herbal flavours with a vibrant peppery surge at the finish. Moderate persistence. Clean and well made. 43% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
- Blankenheym & Nolet Oude Genever (Jenever) (1000ml)Schiedam, NETHERLANDS$69. 99 Bottle$839.88 DozenABV: 38%Closure: Screw Cap
Genever (also known as Jenever or Jeniever) Dutch Gin is a full bodied malty spirit that was introduced to the Northern Netherlands in the 16th century by Southern Netherlanders who were fleeing the Spanish inquisition. Although it was originally created for purely medicinal reasons, (juniper berries being of diuretic value in flushing the urinary system) the popularity of this hardy new spirit spread so quickly that it soon was hailed as Holland’s national drink.
There are two main types of Genever: ‘Oude’ (Old) and ‘Jonge’ (Young). This is not a matter of aging, but of distilling techniques. Jonge Genever can contain no more than 15% malt wine and 10 grams of sugar per litre where Oude Genever must contain at least 15% malt wine but not more than 20 grams of sugar per litre. It is straw-hued, relatively sweet and aromatic.
This Oude Genever is created by Blankenheym & Nolet distilleries, established 1714 in Schiedam, Holland. A city well known for it's production of Genever.
An interesting fact when contemplating the use of Genever: in 1862 a celebrity bartender by the name of Jerry Thomas produced the world's first cocktail and bartending book titled "The Bar-tenders Guide or How To Mix Drinks". In there appeared recipes based around four basic cocktail spirits being brandy, rum, whisky and not suprisingly, Genever, the classic predecessor of London Dry Gin. Below is a cocktail recipe of the forgotten 'Holland House', a classic in the era of Jerry Thomas.
No tasting notes available...
Recipe: The Improved Holland Gin Cock-tail
Glass: A small pre-chilled cocktail glass / coupe.
2 shots of Bols Genever
3 dashes of rich sugar syrup
2 dashes of orange bitters
1 dash of dry orange curacao liqueur
Stir the ingredients with large, hard, cold ice cubes and strain into the glass.
Bluecoat Elderflower Gin (750ml)Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES$115. 00 Bottle$1380.00 DozenABV: 47%Tasting note: This pale green-yellow gin opens with scents of lemon peel, followed by softer notes of elderflower. The palate accents peppercorns, orange zest and elderflower, finishing oily yet fresh, citrusy and gently bitter. Not gin-like at all, rather, leans in the direction of a good triple sec. 47% Alc./Vol.
- Bluecoat Barrel Reserve American Dry Gin (700ml)Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES$110. 00 Bottle$1320.00 DozenABV: 47%A very popular addition to our Gin shelf last year was Bluecoat, named after the Bluecoat militia that fought the American War of Independence. Botanicals include organic juniper berries, American citrus peels, coriander and angelica root distilled with third-party sourced grain neutral spirit in a copper pot still made in Scotland by Forsyths of Rothes. This latest expression is finished in charred American oak barrels for a minimum of three months providing a unique, well rounded and complex spirit without compromising the latent botanical notes. Beautifully packaged in a cobalt blue bottle, this will be a great gin alternative to classic cocktails such as the Negroni, Martinez and Old Fashioned. 47% Alc./Vol.