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.
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.
- ABV 46%
"Old Tom" refers a slightly sweetened gin. For some, it's a style bridging the gap between 'London Dry' gin and aged Genever. However, unlike the majority of Old Toms, Dodd's don't add sugar. Instead, they rely on a high dose of liquorice to impart natural sweetness. Produced from an organic grain base, Dodd's Old Tom foregoes the London honey and red raspberry leaf of the original recipe. Instead, there's fennel seed and lemon peel to support the liquorice sweetness. Tasting note: Interesting and unusual aromas evocative of potpourri, in particular lavender, thyme and light cardamom over lemon verbena and emerging liquorice root. Some earthy / musty / moss-like notes too. Exceptionally pure, with a silky delivery including dried herbs, juniper, lemon gelato and a vibrant coriander-pepper-light liquorice finish. Pine needle and potpourri late in the aftertaste. An intriguing and distinctive assemblage of flavours. 46% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 46%
London, UNITED KINGDOM$59.99 Bottle
- ABV 40%
Old Tom Gin is the last remaining example of the original lightly sweetened Gins that were so popular in 18th and 19th century England. The name comes from what may be the first example of a beverage vending machine. In the 1700's some pubs in England would have a wooden plaque shaped like a black cat (an 'Old Tom') mounted on the outside wall. Thirsty passersby would deposit a penny in the cat's mouth and place their lips around a small tube between the cat's paws. The bartender inside would then pour a shot of Gin through the tube and into the customer's waiting mouth. Until fairly recently limited quantities of Old Tom-style Gin were still being made by a few British distillers, but they were, at best, curiosity items. Hayman's Old Tom Gin is an exception.
The original company of Hayman Distillers was founded in the 1800’s by James Burrough, the great Grandfather of the current Chairman, Christopher Hayman. James Burrough created the world renowned Beefeater Gin. Although Beefeater Gin and James Burrough Limited were sold to Whitbread in 1987, the Hayman family retained part of the business and continued the tradition of distilling and blending Gin and other white spirits.
Following the 18th Century tradition, Hayman's Old Tom Gin is a botanically-intensive and lightly sweetened style of gin distilled from 100% grain. In comparison to London Dry Gin, the Old Tom style delivers a more rounded taste experience with depth. The distinctive Old Tom Gin profile is the key ingredient in classic gin cocktails such as the Martinez, Tom Collins and Ramos Gin Fizz.“...it is very exciting to be reviving this old
but not forgotten classic style of Gin”
- Christopher Hayman, Chairman, Hayman Distillers
Other reviews... Clear with a silvery cast. Interesting aromas of graham cracker, almond, creamy lemon frosting, sweet spices, and delicate herbal juniper follow through on a soft, round entry to a sweet medium body with candied ginger and rose water accents. Finishes with a delicate spice cake with frosting -like fade with a touch of spun honey. Very confected and brilliantly so; use for vintage cocktails and other exotica. 40% Alc./Vol.
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
91 points (Exceptional) - tastings.com
This is essentially the same gin as Hernö's standard issue which employs eight botanicals, except Old Tom has extra British Meadowsweet added during the distillation. Following dilution a touch of honey is also included. Sweetening tends to lift the floral notes, releasing the juniper and making for an even smoother mouth feel. Since its release in September 2014, Herno Old Tom has received a total of four Master medals at the Global Gin Masters and also a Gold / Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) 2015. Tasting note: [Batch 33 tasted] Clear. Intensely aromatic with no shortage of pepper through the juniper, vanilla and floral citrus. Cinnamon too. Air contact emphasises lemon peel and coriander freshness. A creamy, gently tingling delivery featuring elderflower gelato, marzipan, trace vanilla and juicy juniper to finish. Wonderfully textural with excellent sweet-dry balance. 43% Alc./Vol. Unfiltered.
- ABV 43%
Direct ImportICELAND$99.99 Bottle
The curious name derives from the Great Northern Diver bird otherwise known as the “Loon”. It means “Heaven Howler” in old Icelandic, in reference to the bird's mysterious song. Notable botanicals include hand-picked wild flowers, arctic thyme, angelica seeds and honey. Instead of re-distilling the gin multiple times in order to obtain the purist result, the team at Himbrini employ pure ingredients and leave it in its “raw state”. This cold-compound method is a traditional technique that’s said to work particularly well for the sweeter Old Tom style. Note: - due to the natural production process, the gin may throw some sediment. Other reviews… 3.5 stars – diffordsguide.com
- ABV 40%
Founded by avid Gin historian, Christian Jensen, this micro distillery is at the vanguard of Gin distillation’s return to its spiritual home of London. Using a 500 litre, stainless steel and copper still made in London by John Dore and co. head distiller Dr Anne Brock meticulously crafts tiny batches based on Christian’s extensive research. Jensen’s Old Tom is based on a recipe Christian sourced from a distiller's handbook written in the 1840s. A recreation of the Gin style first shipped to America, this isn't sweet like most modern Old Toms, but dry and earthy with an accent on root botanicals. In fact it meets the EU requirements for London Dry Gin. Jensen’s Brand ambassador, Hannah Lanfear (also one of planet Earth’s more talented bartenders) recommends it for robust cocktails like the Negroni or for a prototypical Martinez. Tasting note: Clear. Light to moderate aromas of mineral, white pepper and orris root (?) Low key juniper and citrus peel. A very pure, soft-textured style with a delicate earthy / peppery edge. Very subtle flavours hint at juniper, coriander and parsnip through the creamy finish. Ends dry, fresh, warming, perfectly balanced. Quite dry for the genre. 43% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 43%
The Gin innovations continue at Kangaroo Island. 'Old Tom' is a traditional, sweetened variant on the classic London Dry. In this case, KIS's standard Gin has been adjusted with locally grown Lemon and Aniseed myrtle then slightly sweetened before ageing in a small reconditioned french oak barrel. Tasting note: The bright gold colour is perfectly clear. An engaging gin bouquet - super fresh with pepper, lemon-verbena, parsley stalk, green pine and subtle fennel / anise like scents. A full flavoured, spicy style featuring juniper, citrus sorbet, cough lozenge, peppermint and a vibrant, warming finish. Recommended neat or garnished with burnt cinnamon. 42.5% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 42.5%
- ABV 44%
Started with a small life savings and a fistful of credit cards, the Ransom Project was launched in 1997, with the distillery making small amounts of grappa, eau d'vie and brandy. Gin and whiskey were added to the lineup in 2007. Their Old Tom Gin is a historically accurate revival of the predominant Gin in fashion during the mid 1800's and the golden age of American cocktails. It's a slightly sweeter rendition of the classic London Dry.
Ransom's recipe was developed in collaboration with historian, author, and mixologist extraordinaire, David Wondrich. Old Tom is the Gin for mixing classic cocktails dating from the days before prohibition. Its subtle maltiness is the result of using a base wort of malted barley, combined with an infusion of botanicals in high proof corn spirits. The final distillation is run through an alambic pot still in order to preserve the maximum amount of aromatics, flavour and body. Only the "heart of the hearts" (the very best portion of distillate) is retained for this special bottling. The distillate is then cask aged for three to six months - sometimes longer. Six botanicals are used: juniper berries, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander seed, cardamom pods and angelica root.
Tasting note: Brilliant amber gold with a coppery blush. Delightful, lifted bouquet offers up lemon barley sugar, sweet oregano, sage and hints of juniper. Light, creamy entry. A subtle amalgam of coriander seed, cardamom, raw root vegetable with gently peppery juniper to finish. Wonderfully soft. A barrel aged cross-genre style that's not as sweet as you'd expect. Beautifully done.44% Alc./Vol.Other reviews...Pale amber pink color. Aromas of sweet berry and citrus pastry, floral hops, honey and spice follow through on a soft,silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with wintermint, mango custard, dried lavender, and herbal juniper and sweet spices on the gentle polished finish. Very nice. 44% Alc./Vol.
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
RATING: 93 points (Exceptional) - www.tastings.com
Direct ImportUNITED KINGDOM$145.00 Bottle
A limited edition of 100,000 individually numbered bottles, this is a revived and personal rendition from Tanqueray's Master Distiller, Tom Nichol, based on an original recipe from Charles Tanqueray's private records. The precursor ceased production in 1921. The packaging harks back to the original. Due to the modern day resurgence of this genre, many will be aware that the "Old Tom" style refers to a fuller, richer and slightly sweeter kind of gin that was once one of the most widely available spirits stocked in Victorian-era bars in both England and the U.S. To make this contemporary version, Tanqueray employ neutral grain spirit, re-distilled with Tuscan juniper, angelica root, coriander and licorice in their fittingly named 'Old Tom' No. 4 copper pot still (so called because it comes from the only Tanqueray facility to survive the Blitz). Some unaged wheat spirit is then blended in along with a small amount of sweetener (made with beet sugar), and water reducing it to 94.6 proof. So many super enthusiastic reports on this have us more than tempted to open a bottle, but with this extremely limited shipment, we're going to give first pick of the cherry to customers. Enjoy! Other reviews...Exceptional. 5 Stars. - www.diffordsguide.com
- ABV 47.3%
Tasting note: Crystal clear. Aromas of lemon peel, semi-ripe pear, anise and liquorice root over distant piney juniper. Soft and round with medium dry flavours of anise, blackpepper and sweet oregano. Finish is deliciously fresh, anise-heavy with hints of peppermint in the fade. Surprisingly dry for an Old Tom style. 43% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 43%