Tanqueray Malacca Gin
Tanqueray // Scotland
First introduced in 1998, Tanqueray Malacca Gin is based on a recipe developed by Charles Waugh Tanqueray dating back to 1839. He was known to travel extensively in search of exotic spices to include in his gins and created a spiced spirit inspired by his expedition of the southwestern coast of the Malay Peninsula. The gin became a cult favorite among bartenders and cocktail aficionados, but was sadly discontinued in 2001. In response to bartender demand, Tanqueray relaunched the gin in 2013, at a limited production run of 100,000 bottles. The gin is said to be slightly sweet with lime, lavender and jasmine as well as peppercorn, rose, and clove. Update: As of May 2018, Diageo has reintroduced Malacca as a permanent addition in Canada & Australia and is available as a limited edition in the US.
Distilled GinThis style of gin takes a neutral spirit and then adds juniper berries and other natural flavorings before it is re-distilled. After distillation, additional flavors (artificial or natural) and sweeteners may be added.
"Juniper plays a minor role here, showing up on the finish. Lime and ginger are more prominent with some rose notes throughout. It is slightly sweet muting the bite of the spices just a bit without drowning them out. The (relatively) low proof and sweetness makes this gin soft and plush. Would be a great entry to the category for those who think they don't like gin."