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.
Tasting note: Made using Tasmanian berries and Albanian juniper, this scarlet ruby red spirit smells and tastes of ripe crushed raspberries. Latent juniper at the finish adds hints of pepper and balances the berry sweetness. Low ABV means you barely notice the alcohol. Try it with a splash of sparkling water or as a substitute for sugary raspberry liqueurs. 30% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 30%
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.
- ABV 27%
Tasting note: New from Big Tree, this ruby red annual release offers fresh aromas of semi-ripe blackberries, raspberry tea, cranberry juice and chamomile. It's light to medium bodied with tangy flavours of dried cranberry and citrus peel finishing juicy, medium long with a splash cinnamon warmth. Controlled sugars make for a deliciously natural expression. 27.7% Alc./Vol. Limited stocks.
- ABV 27.7%
Direct ImportUNITED KINGDOM$59.99 Bottle
Launched in early 2020, this berry infused Bombay expression is a delicious sloe-style gin bursting with natural flavours of ripe blackberries and raspberries. Created by Master Distiller, Dr. Anne Brock and Master of Botanicals, Ivano Tonutti, its name is derived from the classic 1980s 'Bramble' Cocktail (basically a Gin Sour with a dash of crème de mûre liqueur). Enjoy it with tonic, poured over ice or garnished with a wedge of lemon for a fresh G&T. No added sugar. 37.5% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 37.5%
A welcome (albeit limited) addition to the Brookies range, is this "Slow" gin, in the style of English sloe. The point of difference here is that Davidson Plums are used instead of sloe berries. Considered a bush delicacy, the plum is indigenous to the Byron region and is packed with vitamins and minerals.The plums are steeped in Brookie’s Gin for several months. The maceration is diluted to 26% ABV with Mount Warning spring water. Tasting note: Brilliant copper. Attractive, medium dry aromas suggesting quince paste, plum jam and raisins over muted juniper and white pepper. A juicy-yet-dry, pleasantly tart, plum and red berry flavoured gin with trace pepper in the finish. Delicious Summer sipping, but would be even better at a higher ABV. Keep it simple with soda or just ice. 26% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 26%
Yarra Valley, Victoria, AUSTRALIA$84.99 Bottle
- ABV 37.8%
As close as a Gin comes to a cult following!Yet another 'vintage' of this novel Aussie release has been made by steeping Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes in gin for eight weeks. The fruit was de-stemmed but kept mainly as whole berries, and the tanks were kept cold and stirred daily. After eight weeks the fruit was pressed before blending with more Gin. The final product was bottled unfiltered and is expected to develop secondary fruit characters beyond two years, but should be best consumed within two years of vintage. Notes from Four Pillars... (2017 release) The beauty of Bloody Shiraz Gin being a product of vintage means that it will never be the same. Our 2017 release has an incredibly vibrant ruby colour, which turns iridescent pink when mixed with tonic or soda. Aromatically the gin has fresh pine needles and incredible spice, and a clear peppery, dense raspberry character. The palate is lovely and sweet, with long juniper and spice characters to finish. This release is slightly lighter in colour than last year's, due to a cool vintage in the Yarra Valley with a moderate ripening period. Unlike Sloe Gin, the alcohol is 37.8% (rather than <30%) so it packs a punch and is ideal in a range of cocktails. 2016 release tasted... Deep purple with mauve edges. Berry tart, stewed plum and light pepper/paprika aromas over background juniper and grapefruit. Medium bodied with soft, silky, off-dry, juicy plum and raspberry tart flavours and a delicate grapefruit, cinnamon, white pepper, piney-juniper finish. Ends medium long, slightly sweet, with subtle spicy red fruits in the aftertaste. A delicious, creative and cleverly balanced take on traditional sloe gin. 37.5% Alc./Vol. 91 points
London, UNITED KINGDOM$64.99 Bottle
- ABV 26%
Christopher and James Hayman are direct descendents of James Burrough, who founded Beefeater Gin in 1820.
James Hayman's aim has always been to represent the whole Gin family – not just the dry style of gin. He believes this is now covered with maybe one or two exceptions. The Hayman's portfolio includes London Dry Gin, Old Tom Gin, Fruit Gin, Wood Aged Gin and they're preparing to introduce a Navy gin soon (but not under the Hayman label).
The collection would not be complete without a traditional English Sloe gin made by infusing Sloe berries, a type of wild plum from the Blackthorn Tree. Hayman's is made from a long standing family recipe previously only available for private use. Sloe Berries are gently steeped for several months with Hayman's Gin before been blended with natural sugars for a deliciously bittersweet experience. 26% Alc./Vol.
A Swedish berry infused gin which has been matured with organic sloe berries for three months before being gently sweetened and bottled at 30% abv. Tasting note: [2017 batch tasted] Cloudy topaz / autumn leaf brown appearance. Authentic aromas of cherry tart, fruit mince pie, marzipan and hints of dried cranberry. A medium weight, drier styled delivery with a spicy, herbal edge to the berry infusion; Complex sweet and sour notes are beautifully juxtaposed. Ends pleasantly tart with cranberry, marzipan and refreshing hints of woody juniper in the aftertaste. Distinctive. 30% Alc./Vol. Unfiltered.
- ABV 30%
Lossburg, GERMANY$99.99 Bottle
- ABV 29%
A genuine Monkey 47, but nevertheless a whole different one!
Sloe Gin's are steadily following the resurgence of its higher ABV relative with new releases appearing from around the globe; including Australia and Germany. If you’re new to this quintessentially British liqueur, you'll soon realise the two are related by suffix alone, with the majority of brands available maintaining its traditional liqueur style, with a few exceptions omitted - see Cadenhead Sloe Gin.
This practice sees the sloe berry’s picked in the early winter months, combining Gin and sugar to allow a maceration infusion to occur. The ratio of sugar to Gin will depend on each producer and the properties of the fruits harvest, accounting for varying levels of sweetness and the inherit astringency of the sloe.
As always, the quality and style of Gin will play a significant part toward the end flavour, with traditional recipes calling for the Juniper heavy 'London Dry' style. With this new world approach, the sublime, yet quirky Monkey 47 Gin has been combined with handpicked Sloe berries from the Black forest in Germany. The final mix is then left for a 3-month maturation period in earthenware containers and left un-filtered, for maximum flavour. Many will be happy to know the end result remarkably maintains Monkey 47's trademark scent of lavender throughout.
Plymouth, UNITED KINGDOM$74.99 Bottle
- ABV 26%
Since 1793, Plymouth Gin has been handcrafted at England’s oldest working Gin distillery, Black Friars in Plymouth. The distillery was formerly a Dominican Monastery and the final lodgings of the Pilgrim Fathers before they set sail to the New World in 1620. The 'Mayflower' sailing ship, aswell as the monk continue to be represented on the bottle to this day.
Plymouth Gin owes its distinctive taste to a blend of ingredients that avoid the use of too much juniper or bitter botanicals, thus giving it a remarkably smooth, integrated palate. Water from the nearby hills of Dartmoor is sourced for its crystal clear purity. The result is a lighter bodied style with fabulous intensity and well balanced botanical flavours. To create Plymouth Sloe Gin, the finest sloe berries are steeped in high strength Plymouth Gin and soft Dartmoor water. The result is a smooth liqueur taste with a balance between sweet and bitter fruit flavours, and a hint of almonds from the stone of the fruit. 26%Alc./Vol.
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