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: 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%
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%
A berry flavoured gin created by Robin Gerlach, inspired by a passion for Africa. 15% of all profits go to two African Elephant charities. Other reviews... Cloudy garnet color. Delicate, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy pie crust, sour cherry compote, and chocolate berries with a lightly tannic, crisp, moderately sweet medium-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length herbs, peppercorns, berry tea, and medicinal roots and bark finish. A well made sloe gin with a nice pepper finish. 35% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 35%
89 points - www.tastings.com 3.5 stars - www.diffordsguide.com
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$54.99 Bottle
- ABV 26%
Sloes (prunus spinosa) are the blue black fruit of the wild black thorn and cluster like tiny plums in hedgerows and thickets deep in the English countryside. When the berries have been softened by the late autumn sunshine, the best fruit is picked and then steeped in Gordon’s Gin. Perfect on a chilly afternoon, after dinner, or as a late night comforter and quintessentially British! Made from entirely natural ingredients.
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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- ABV 29%
Sipsmith was established in London in 2009. The first copper-pot based distillery to start up in London in 189 years, it is one of only four gin distilleries located within the city limits.
Launched in September 2010, Sipsmith's sloe gin was an instant hit. Produced as a limited vintage edition each year, it's based on Sipsmith’s Gin and employs Dartmoor sloe berries.
Tasting note: [2011 release] Bright ruby red with a deep pink hue. Offers appealing, pure scents of juniper and dried herbs over ripe blackcurrant and cranberry. A creamy entry leads into a juicy, semi sweet, concentrated mid palate delivering a succulent medley of ripe berries and juniper to end perfectly balanced, pleasantly tart and with excellent purity and length. 29% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... Appearance: (2010 vintage) Clear, ruby red. Aroma: Ripe red fruits with a greeny woodyness (freshly cut hedge). Taste: Sweet yet tart sloe berries, cherry and black currant with cleansing cracked black pepper. Aftertaste: Fades with green sloe berries and cracked black pepper. Rating: 4 Stars. Praiseworthy. - www.diffordsguide.comsize>