Tanqueray Malacca 1L
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Best described as a sweetened version of the flagship Tanqueray, Malacca has smooth notes of liquorice and grapefruit alongside a bold and piny juniper. Based on an old Charles Tanqueray recipe from the 1830s, the gin – when reborn in 1990 – was considered to be a great alternative to the Old Toms of yore. At the time, Gin wasn’t anywhere near the monstrous industry that it is today, so if bartenders wanted to mix up a cocktail that called for something a little sweeter, like a Martinez, they were often left wanting.
The juniper is more subdued in Malacca than in Tanqueray Dry Gin, paving the way for a beautiful balance of spice, sweet and a touch of grapefruit. The untrained nose and palate would certainly name an Old Tom, and when categorising it, its very close a but this was never labelled as such and Tanqueray released an Old Tom separately, distilled as per their archived recipe and brought that genre back in its own right.