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%
A triple distilled, small batch gin made from grape spirit and local botanicals including native cranberry and saltbush. The brand pays homage to the region's first settlers. The producer's aim for this expression was to add structure to the gin without reducing the clarity of the botanicals. Tasting note: [BATCH 1401] Bright gold. Initial inspection conjures a curious medley of baked citrus, potpourri and rose-scented furniture wax. Light to medium bodied with subtle juniper and pine needle-like flavours and hints of peppermint and liquorice in the finish. Relaxed in the mouth with time in barrel muting the spices. The gin character is retained, though even less time in oak might be desirable? 43% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 43%
- 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%
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%
Direct ImportPORTUGAL$89.99 BottleA first for our shelves is this Portuguese gin, aged in wine barrels from Porto for four months. It has soft notes of port combined with a touch of spice, along side limes and fresh oranges. Recommended with a twist of grapefruit and a vanilla pod. Distilled in England and later bottled in Portugal, the name references the ships that were widely used by the Portuguese at one time. Comes distinctively packaged in a squat dark glass bottle with cork 'neck tie'. 40% Alc./Vol.
Normandy, FRANCE$99.99 Bottle
Foremost a Calvados producer, Guillaume Drouin has extended his portfolio with a selection of cleverly crafted gins. This one is based on the original "Le Gin" released in 2015. Thirty varieties of cider apples and eight different botanicals are employed. Each botanical is distilled separately before being blended. The gin is then aged for around six months in former 10-year-old Calvados casks. Tasting note: [BATCH 2017-A tasted] Pours brilliant bright gold. Hits the jackpot with a high-pitched bouquet of apple cider, pine needle, menthol, bright juniper and citrus peel. Much like the nose, only more subdued, this offers piney, woody-juniper like flavours with hints of black pepper as well as apple-cinnamon yogurt through the aftertaste. A barrel aged style in which key botanicals remain clearly expressed. 42% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 42%
Made using a rye spirit base and botanicals such as birch, meadowsweet, cranberry and orange peel before being matured in small barrels. This recently won Gold at the 2016 The Gin Masters (The Spirits Business). The distillers suggest using it in an Old Fashioned for a Summery alternative to the cocktail. Tasting note: Bright gold with a pale straw hue. Appealing aromas of lemon cough lozenge, distant juniper and later hints of vanilla and sweet oregano. Wonderful mouthfeel with flavours of butter menthol lozenge, juniper, rye sour dough and a prolonged herbal, white pepper, cough lozenge and spearmint finish. Complex, classy and lively with the barrel input artfully managed. 42.6% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 42.6%