GinA 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.
A follow-up to Koval Dry Gin which debuted in 2015, this expression includes the same botanicals (rosehip, juniper, angelica root and coriander), but adds a new level of depth from the spirit's six months resting in Koval's x-whiskey barrels (Bourbon, mostly). Like its sibling, this comes brilliantly packaged with argyle die-cutting and bronze foil patterns through the label. Tasting note: Brilliant pale gold. Beams from the glass. Excellent aromatic lift with pine sap and rooty / white pepper notes combined with peppermint chocolate and muted cough lozenge sweetness. Middle-weighted with a silky, woody-juniper entry followed by butter menthol lozenge and hints of vanilla in the finish. Beautifully composed, very elegant barrel aged gin. 47% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... The gin's pine is present, to be sure, but it's balanced with a web of sweetness and spice — sort of like your spice rack teamed up with a touch of butterscotch and wandered into the forest. Add an ice cube to round off the gin's hot edges, and what's left is a perfect sipper that can please gin and whiskey drinkers alike. - Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune
- ABV 47%
Distilling whisky since 2008, Koval are now offering two gins (this and a barrel aged version), both organic and grain-to-glass, certified Kosher and beautifully presented to boot. The labels are designed with argyle die-cutting and bronze foil patterns while the gin itself is made with a variety of woodland spices, juniper and wildflowers. Expect golden citrus flavours combined with white pepper and a round, floral body. Tasting note: Slightly viscous / ideal clarity. Complex aromas of dried juniper, crushed tea tree leaf, balsa wood, peppermint, white pepper and lime peel following through to a dryish, medium bodied gin; fresh and keenly balanced with flavours of woody juniper, menthol, delicate lime, pepper and a drying, sawn pine aftertaste. Distinctively styled with a strong pine / juniper emphasis. 47% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... This certified organic gin unfurls bold pine and spearmint aromatics, plus a hint of lime peel. The rounded palate echoes that pine and hint of lime, but it's the anise note that really builds and reverberates into the drying finish.
- ABV 47%
88 points - www.wineenthusiast.com Double Gold Medal - 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- $89.99 Bottle
Brooklyn Gin is yet another, quality small batch offering from the ever expanding craft distilling movement currently taking place in the States.
- ABV 40%
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.
- $115.00 Bottle
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.
- ABV 47%
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES$110.00 Bottle
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.
- ABV 47%
- $99.99 Bottle
Tasting note: Brilliant rain water clear appearance with a silvery blush. Presents an intriguing aroma offering juniper, baked citrus and potpourri on the one hand, alternating with a sweeter and more unusual aspect that includes almond and jaffa-like notes. A light, mildly oily entry leads into a medium dry, peppery profile that's almost vodka-like with featherweight flavours of juniper and citrus, concluding delicately lemony, peppery, warm, lean and dry; traces of almond in the aftertaste. 47% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... Named after the Bluecoat militia that fought the American War of Independence, botanicals including organic juniper berries, American citrus peels, coriander and angelica root are distilled with third-party sourced grain neutral spirit in a copper pot still made in Scotland by Forsyths of Rothes. The cobalt blue bottles have distinctive etched detailing and gold lettering: each is filled by hand and sealed with a cork stopper.Appearance: Clear and transparent. Aroma: Clean, juniper and fresh coriander nose with alpine fresh piny, lemony aromas. Taste: Soft, very slightly sweet, peppermint fresh cleansing palate with pine, zesty lemony and liquorice. The high strength adds black pepper spirity notes. Aftertaste: Lemony, pine fresh finish with lingering sage, naan bread and black pepper flavours.
- ABV 47%
4.5 stars - www.diffordsguide.com
- $69.99 Bottle
- ABV 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
If you're wanting to depart from the gin mainstream, this leaves traditional botanicals to one side in place of black pepper, red bell pepper, and pimento. Tasting note: Opens with suggestions of liquorice root and peppered cucumber. Second pass ups the pepper but introduces light citrus peel and juniper to the mix. Creamy entry follows through with black pepper, cucumber and a smoked meat-like finish that's more reminiscent of mezcal than gin. Concludes citrus like with lingering white pepper and smoke. Odd but fun. Would make a novel contribution to Bloody Marys. 45% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 45%
Reduced from $110.00
- ABV 46%
Half Moon Orchard Gin is a new release from Tuthilltown Spirits, New York's first whiskey distillery since Prohibition and creators of the highly revered 'Hudson' range of whiskey's.
The Gin is named after the vessel in which Henry Hudson first explored the River now bearing his name. In that same spirit of exploration, the Tuthilltown team have created a base of near neutral spirit from both Wheat and the Hudson Valley’s ubiquitous Apples (it's an 80 / 20 ratio). “We’re in the heart of the American apple industry so it’s natural for us to turn to apples to create an original New York gin”.Botanicals include: Juniper, cardamom, coriander, almond, elderberry, bitter orange peel, bergamont, lemon peel. Gold Medal Winner: 2015 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition.
A deliciously different gin to reinvigorate G & T’s and much more besides.
Tasting note: Clear slightly viscous appearance has a slivery blush. An initial juniper focus is added to by subtle grape / stewed apple / cider-like scents. Further inspection finds a lemon meringue sweet spot in the mix as the juniper retreats. The palate opens pleasantly spicy and vibrant, continuing into a concentrated, medium dry profile with citrus fruit competing with the juniper and pepper. Finishes crisp, dry and with a cleansing acidity bordering on being mildly tart. Shows excellent persistence. 46% Alc./Vol.
Other Reviews...Clear. Intriguingly dense aromas of dried fruits, juniper candy, and exotic Asian herbs and spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a vibrant violet gelato, coriander cookie, and citrus buttercream accented finish. Very tasty and balanced. - www.tastings.com.au
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
RATING: 93 points (Exceptional)
- Nick's ImportCalifornia, UNITED STATES$79.99 Bottle
Named for "New Amsterdam", the original European name for New York when under Dutch rule. This is a lighter styled gin with subdued juniper input. Other reviews... For those who prefer a sweet cast to their gins, this one is a winner. The grapefruit-like, almost candy-like scent leads into pleasantly sweet and citrusy flavors, which finish with a faint floral note. Blends particularly well into lightly fruity and citrusy cocktails and gin-based punches. 95 points - www.wineenthusiast.com Clear with a silvery cast. Aromas of frosted orange cake and spiced custard with a fruity medium body and a wisp of lemon verbena, juniper jelly, powdered sugar, and orange gelatin on the finish. Tasty, juniper light gin. International Review of Spirits Award: Silver Medal
- ABV 40%
RATING: 88 points (Highly Recommended) - www.tastings.com