Officially re-launched briefly in 2013 after a period in distilling limbo when it wasn’t produced at all, (it was released in 1997 and discontinued in 2000) Tanqueray Malacca is steadily acquiring cult status.
Drinks giant Diageo, who own the brand, announced earlier this year that they are re-introducing Malacca (again) but only in the US, Canada and Australia. Harrumph!
That means that for Brits you can only get your gin loving mitts on one of these at the airport duty-free. If you do happen to find yourself wandering aimlessly around the duty-free while waiting for a flight then do take a look out for it. The litre bottles are a good sort out bargain.
The recipe is said to be an original by Charles Tanqueray who founded the company back in 1830 in Bloomsbury, London. He was inspired by the East Indies and created a gin in this image, naming it after the Malacca Straits. The recipe is top secret but the label depicting exotic palm foliage and a tiger does reveal some of the botanicals.
Sweeter than a traditional London Dry this gin is sometimes said to be a good substitute for Old Tom Gin. But as there are plenty of excellent Old Tom gins on the market this isn’t really necessary. Malacca stands alone as a good gin in its own right.
If you are wondering why I have reviewed a gin that you can’t easily get hold of it is because this gin is one of my all time favourites. I really, really love it. And would like to be able to go to my local supermarket to get it, not an airport. Much more convenient.
Juniper, peppercorn, rose. cloves and a few others that are secret.
On the nose sweet citrus with spice and juniper promising a complex and good quality gin.
Rich, full-bodied, sweet, citrus, spicy and floral. This gin has it all. The juniper isn’t dominant but it still tastes like gin. Complex and well balanced between a liquorice spiciness and grapefruit citrus this flavoursome gin ticks a lot of boxes. Slight peppercorn is present but not enough to be sour and off-putting. It enhances the citrus, rose and juniper flavours.
This gin goes well in cocktails. A simple G&T also does it proud with plain Indian tonic and garnishes of cloves, lime, grapefruit, mint, pink pepper or rose to suit your mood.