Checking out Tanqueray Malacca Gin

Tanqueray Malacca

Tanqueray Malacca

Tanqueray produced their Malacca gin in the late 90s and early 00s. Here’s Inu a Kena’s informative review.

They recently brought back Malacca but it is still scarce. I’ve heard rumors it’s at this bar or that, the second shipment to California was lost, reps saying they see it in the system but can’t find it… which leads to even more curiosity. The latest rumor is there are 20 bottles heading to K&L. Now, don’t shoot the messenger if they’re not there.

I do know that I did taste it on two occasions and both times were in San Diego for Bartenders Weekend. If you’re in LA, there might be some left at Cole’s but I somehow doubt it.

Over at Noble Experiment in San Diego, I asked for a taste of the Malacca which was innocently sitting on the backbar. My initial thought was it’s a lot spicier than the regular Tanqueray London Dry.

Tanqueray gin tasting - 10 AM

Tanqueray gin tasting – 10 AM

Then I actually got up bright and early one day to the Tanqueray tasting.  Yeah, baby, gin tasting at 10 a.m.  I’m a professional. Er…trying to motivate myself to sample more of this exlir was pretty tough with Bartenders Weekend events lasting to the wee hours of the night.



We had a choice of Tanqueray and tonics or Red Snappers. I went with a Red Snapper which I had free reign to garnish with beef jerky and spicy pickles.

Red Snapper with Malacca

Red Snapper with Malacca

Wooh boy, it was even spicier with the pickles but it was the perfect eye-opener. I’ll have another.

Now how to get my hands on a bottle in LA…


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2 thoughts on “Checking out Tanqueray Malacca Gin

  1. Mahalo for the link-up. As for NorCal availability, it’s still around at Blackwell’s in SF and Ledger’s in Berkeley. None at the K&L in SF, but there is a bunch at their Hollywood location. I bought three liters–I may stash one away despite the distiller’s admonishment.


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