Tanqueray Malacca Gin


In 1997, a gin was released by Tanqueray that has more citrus notes and is sweeter than its well-known London dry gin that is so popular and housed in an iconic green bottle.  The new gin was called Tanqueray Malacca Gin.  It was available up to 2001.  However, in 2013 more Malacca has become available in the market with the re-release of a limited edition.  Many connoisseurs of old gin cocktails welcome this recent move.

Tanqueray Malacca Gin

What Makes Malacca Different

Tanqueray Malacca is a Tanqueray London Dry Gin that is sweetened and has citrus notes, mainly grapefruit.  Its juniper is a lot more relaxed also.  This makes it an ideal gin for individuals who usually don’t enjoy profiles that are juniper-forward that have a tendency to help define a London dry.  It makes use of a spice recipe that was developed during the 1830’s by founder Charles Tanqueray.

During the 1990s, when Malacca was brought back, it was touted to be a modern substitute to replace Old Tom Gin.  In the U.S. it was nearly impossible to locate Old Tom.  The sweeter gins originally were used for making many classic cocktails, which at that time were enjoying a resurgence.  Many bartenders and drinkers were looking for a way to get the real flavor of the old-fashioned drinks.  They perfectly fit the bill.  People like David Wondrich recommended the Malacca as a substitute for Old Tom in his book entitled Imbibe: Absinthe Cocktail To Whiskey Smash, although when the book was printed in 2007 Malacca had been discontinued, but was still sought after.

Malacca, after it was pulled off the shelves twelve years earlier, has returned.  However, the world is different now.  The gin revolution provided other sweetened gins and Old Tom Gins to choose from.  However, Malacca still stands out somehow.  It must be the smooth taste, pronounced grapefruit and balance of spices that long ago was perfected that keeps this gin Tanqueray Malacca Gin Limited editiongoing.  For this style of gin, it’s still a favorite of mine.  We can all hope Tanqueray realizes its value and will break away from its limited edition title that it is tagged with currently.

About Tanqueray Malacca

  • This sweetened gin is distilled using a proprietary spice blend
  • In February 2013, a 10,000 case limited edition was released
  • 40% alcohol/volume (80 proof)
  • Retails for approximately $31.99 per 750ml bottle

Drinking Tanqueray Malacca

The gin is fun to taste.  It has its very own unique profile.  The lead is citrus instead of juniper.  It graduates in a palate containing a mixture of spices, including clover, cinnamon and softer juniper, followed by a long finish leaving you with wanting even more.

This gin can be mixed into any classic cocktail that you choose, particularly ones that call or called for Old Tom Gin.  All you need to do is open an old bartending book up and you see Old Tim Gin mentioned time and time again.  In addition, there is a Martini specific Old Tom Gin version called Good Times.  It is simply dry vermouth and gin.  This is an ideal way of tasting this gin.  Another thing you will discover is it makes a fabulous Gin & Tonic.  If you want a Malacca-specific modern cocktail, you can try The Malacca Flip by Nicolas Oliveira.  This includes hibiscus syrup and maraschino and is a classic-style cocktail.  It is so good that you won’t be able to resist it.