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.
Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA$99.99 Bottle
This is the first of a series of barrel aged expressions to be released by West Winds. This edition has been created in collaboration with Australian Vermouth producers, Maidenii, using their Sweet Vermouth. West Winds describe it as a "true Australian Negroni style". Expect this series to multiply with a variety of barrels from suppliers of wine, whisky and more over the next couple of years. 45% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 45%
This is the barrel-aged expression from Levantine - it's essentially their dry gin, rested in red wine barrels for a few months in the distillery's warehouses, not far from the Mediterranean coast. Tasting note: Brilliant gold colour. Appealing aromas of thyme, pine shoots, rosemary and peppercorns. Medium bodied, with soft, warming flavours of juniper laced honey, cinnamon and mixed herbal teas. Never too sweet, the finish is kept fresh by light pine and menthol. 46% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 46%
Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA$110.00 Bottle
This chardonnay macerated gin has been aged in a Voyager Estate MJW Chardonnay barrel and infused with a unique blend of botanicals from Margaret River. Whole bunches of freshly picked Chardonnay grapes from Voyager Estate have been macerated for three months in a Juniper spirit, before being blended with individual distillations of Christmas Tree flower, Geraldton Wax, Red Samphire, Finger Lime and Coriander. This is the first time Christmas Tree flower been used in a spirit. This ancient bush tucker, which is endemic to the southern parts of Western Australia, has an enticing earthy and honeysuckle undertone. The Geraldton Wax imparts a liveliness with fresh forest aroma that develops with lemongrass and citrus, while there's a warming saltiness from the Red Samphire. The final maturation in a French oak barrique contributes a golden hue. Hand bottled as a run of 350 bottles, this textural gin tastes like Christmas captured in a bottle. It has a complex and feminine bouquet, with vanilla bean and floral notes reminiscent of a Summer’s day. A honeysuckle sweetness, delicate citrus and fresh forest accents linger on the palate, with a warming saltiness and a velvety mouthfeel. Best enjoyed over ice, as a martini, or with a tonic mixer. Garnish with dehydrated grapefruit or orange. 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
- 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
South Australia, AUSTRALIA$99.99 Bottle
An aged Gin that references the barrels and blood spilt back in the days of prohibition. This project has been quietly maturing since co-founders Adam Carpenter and Wes Heddles opened at the company’s Gilbert St distillery. They had x Bourbon barrels that had recently being emptied of Barossa Shiraz, re-coopered into a smaller format then re-charred to restore their toasty character. The resulting gin is a big, bold, barrel strength style retaining a gentle shiraz note along with a rich oaked rye back note. Following the trade launch, Carpenter commented, "everyone loved the flavour, the complexity and how different it is to anything else out there, it’s not like any other shiraz gin as there’s no fruit contact, but it’s not your average barrel aged either.” Recommended with soda, in a classic Negroni, gin Old Fashioned or Boulevardier. 60% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 60%
This Sardinian craft gin from Zeddiani was barrel aged for 12 months in chestnut barrels that previously held Vernaccia di Oristano wine. Besides juniper, myrtle, thyme, fennel, sage and lemon peel are added to the infusion. Tasting note: Pale straw-gold. Crushed pine buds, light thyme and lemon oregano aromas. Oily entry offers hints of anise and dried herbs, building with peppery warmth. Delicate juniper rounds off an elegant and attractive lighter style. 40% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 40%
Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$160.00 Bottle
An exclusive experimental release of only 250 bottles: Patient Wolf Summer Thyme Gin was rested in an x Chardonnay French Oak barrel for seven months which had previously been used to age Chardonnay and then Brett Saison Beer. Earthy spice, honey and candied citrus feature in a delivery that's almost violet-crumble like. High ABV, yet incredibly smooth, the French Oak wood has contributed colour, sweetness, weight and texture. 48% Alc./Vol. Very limited stocks.
- ABV 48%
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$49.99 Bottle
Tasting note: Matured in a Chardonnay barrel, ageing has toned back and integrated the aromatics while adding an attractive lemon-lozenge key note. A fresh lemony character is present on the palate which is pleasingly astringent and nicely balanced. The finish leaves you with lingering traces of lemon and pine buds. Non chill filtered. 38% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 38%
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%
Tasting note: [Batch 2 tasted] Aged in small American oak barrels that previously held Bourbon, then Tasmanian whisky. Pale gold. Opens with aromas of green wood or balsa, filling out with scents of orange peel, coriander and vanilla. 3-4 minutes ups the sweetness while maintaining the orange theme. Light bodied with attractive ripe citrus flavours and warming spirit. Frail aftertaste hints at coriander and pine. Medium long. 43.5% Alc./Vol. Limited run of 338 bottles.
- ABV 43.5%