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On the hunt for Tanqueray Malacca...

I've been searching for Tanqueray Malacca gin. I know that it was discontinued some time ago, but I'm wondering if it's still available anywhere. Has anyone come across Malacca as of late?

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  1. have not come across it though has anyone tried Tanqueray rangpur?

    1. No, Tanqueray Malacca is not available anywhere anymore. It has bee a long time since they stopped making it and all resrves have been sold. I have friends who work for the US distributor and they couldn't locate any. Last time I saw any was a few last cases in 2003 and I bought all of them, at below wholesale.

      There are now many extremely good gins out there that are even better than Malacca was.

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      1. re: JMF

        "There are now many extremely good gins out there that are even better than Malacca was."

        Such as...? I'd love some recommendations.

        1. re: JMF

          Do you (or anyone else here) know how long this gin might last? I have a few bottles that I plan to drink slowly, but will have to drink them quicker if there's a chance they'll go bad. I've got them in the dark in a cool place, which I'd think would be the best conditions to keep them in...

          1. re: mgrdcm

            Unopened they are fine for years and years. Opened, a year or so before evaporation will slowly set in.

        2. I recently saw some in a liquor store here in NE. I can put you into contact with them if you like.

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            1. re: JMF

              Here you go. FWIW I think it was pint or half pint but they may also have 750s. I was in there today and forgot to look, sorry.
              BTW you will probably want to call during daytime hours and ask for either Jerry or Chuck. They are the owners, I'm pretty sure the college kids working at night won't know anything about it.

              PS Where are you located at? This place is in the middle of Nebraska.

              Bill's Liquor
              2402 2nd Ave
              Kearney, NE 68847
              (308) 237-2774

              1. re: Mr Lee Ho

                Thanks for the info. As a writer who specializes in gin it would be great to have some of this in my collection again. I'm mostly in Maine and part time in NY, been in and through Nebraska quite a few times on my journies- Mr Lee Ho could you email me? JMForester at aol dot com

          1. I was in Bills this past Tuesday and they found some more bottles while doing a remodel if anyone is interested.

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              1. re: JMF

                Man.....I gotta be quicker on the uptake. :)

                Thankfully a friend who owns a restaurant set me up with a bottle of Malacca, but I would willingly buy more, much more.

                1. re: ShadowedOne

                  They have it on ebay upon occasion, but the price is going up over the past year.

            1. I see this thread has been going on for a while. Has anyone found any Malacca recently? Is anyone still looking, or should we assume all the remaining stocks are long-gone?

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              1. re: Womack

                I still have a few 1 liter and 375 ml bottles left.

                1. re: JMF

                  LOL... as soon as I saw this thread, I thought of you JMF...

                2. re: Womack

                  I found and bought a few nips (50 ml bottles) this past weekend at a liquor store in Medford, so there is still hope (or else there's always Ebay).

                  1. re: BoojiBoy

                    Damn it! I thought I'd checked all of the liquor stores in Medford already. Guess I need to be a bit more energetic in the search before the stuff completely disappears. Congrats on your find.

                3. I have a bottle of malacca, unopened in perfect condition 750ml. Can anyone tell me what it's worth. Thanks

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                  1. re: imstressedout

                    look on ebay. I've sold several bottles there in the past month.

                      1. re: JMF

                        Wow, that stuff is pricey. Is it really worth it? (Well, maybe you (JMF) shouldn't answer, since you're the one selling them!)

                        1. re: davis_sq_pro

                          Well, at this point the bottles are worth more unopened, than they are opened.

                    1. This is supposedly coming back to market next month. See:


                      I never tried it when it was originally available. But after reading the review at that link I wonder how interesting this spirit will be in today's market. I have easy access to a few different genevers, Old Toms, myriad new Americans, London dries, various micro interpretations... The list goes on and on. The world has changed since last time Malacca was readily available. Is it still a unique option worth seeking out?

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                      1. re: davis_sq_pro

                        I tried the new release of Tanqueray Malacca several times over the past two months, and was at the US release in NYC at the soon to open bar, Dead Rabbit, this past Sunday evening. (Sadly, each time I've tasted it I had a cold, sinus problem, etc. which interfered with my tasting. A bad few months of bugs this winter.)

                        Tanqueray Malacca will only be available to bars and restaurants by special request ordering. No retail sales at all. Only 9,000 cases made and no plans to make any more, at this time. It was brought back specifically by demand of cocktail bartenders to use in cocktails.

                        I have some on the new release here on my desk, and unopened bottles of the original batch as well. I haven't done any real tastings to see exactly what the new is like, and vs. the old. Will post here in a few days when I do.

                        But I can say, with limited focused tasting, it is very good, different enough to stand out, and you will see it in cocktail bars soon, if not already since I know that the top bars and bartenders around the US, (or at least the North East so far) have been given bottles over the last few weeks.

                        1. re: JMF

                          Will be talking to my best bar in town today.

                          Thank you so much for the info.

                          1. re: JMF

                            Sorry to direct this at you JMF; it's really just a rant.

                            The no retail sales is bullshit. I have 3 little kids, live in a city with a mediocre at best cocktail scene and a state-run liquor board. Ergo, I have pretty much no chance of tasting this again. This strategy of targeting cocktail bars is more offensive to me than Maker's Mark watering down their bourbon. Way back when I did have a viable urban social life, I loved Malacca. Now my old, suburban self is being punished!

                            "It was brought back specifically by demand of cocktail bartenders to use in cocktails." I wanna use it in cocktails too!

                            LOL, I need a drink.

                            edit: this guy claims to have found one, sold retail, in Portland:


                            1. re: rcb4d

                              I found out last week that certain liquor stores around the country will have it. BUT, it isn't being marketed to liquor stores. So the store has to place an order itself. I know that in NYC Astor Wine & Spirits has it. And they sell online and ship.

                              1. re: JMF

                                Sadly, they don't ship here. Several popular online retailers do; it's definitely worth an email. Thanks! Failing that, I'll get Astor to ship it to my folks in Florida and pray my dad doesn't drink it all.

                                1. re: rcb4d

                                  Why don't you try going to your local liquor store and see if they would order it for you?

                                  1. re: OldFashionedWhiskey

                                    My local store is an extension of a massive state-run bureaucracy that operates to serve the lowest common denominator. Responsive to the customer, they ain't.

                                    I emailed the special order division yesterday. They said they might be getting some, but couldn't tell me when, how much, or how/where across the state it will be allocated.

                                    JMF, can you comment on how it tastes compared to the version that was sold ~10 years ago? Maybe I'm just overly nostalgic, but that stood out as a delicious gin, and it seems many cocktail fans agreed.

                                    1. re: OldFashionedWhiskey

                                      If your in NC you can definitely order from your local liquor store. The only possible downside is you have to order an entire case. It took about three weeks for it to come but otherwise was pretty easy to order.

                                      1. re: quazi

                                        It's been sighted in a few stores in SC, just over the line from Charlotte, if you're truly dedicated to finding a bottle.

                                  2. re: JMF

                                    Thanks JMF I am on that, along with Sombra for $29 they have some good deals there, especially with free shipping over $99 for first time online orders.

                                    Liter bottles of Herradura silver for $25 - not one of my favorites, but a unique and interesting taste, and a great bargain at that price.

                                  3. re: rcb4d

                                    We found it at our liquor store here in Cleveland. Which, honestly, shocked me since our liquor stores are all under state control and usually have the worst selection.

                                    From what I understand, it's not that they didn't release it to the general public, it's just that all the bars and restaurants bought it all - knowing how great it was - leaving little of the limited supply behind for the rest of us. If you do see it anywhere, I would buy what you can.

                                    We have probably 14 bottles of gin in our bar right now. This one blows them all away.

                                    1. re: alicia_cle

                                      I've been able to score some from online shops. Finding online shops that actually list it in stock, and who ship here have been hard to find, but they do exist. Between my dad and I, we've scored a few cases for the strategic reserve. As alicia_cle notes, this gin really does blow the others away. A Malacca gin + Fever Tree tonic has been our staple before-dinner drink since the first bottle arrived.

                                      State ABC says my local shop will finally have some bottles on Friday, so I may buy them out too.

                              2. Astor Wines has some back in stock—just ordered a couple of bottles: http://www.astorwines.com/SearchResul...

                                1. I'm in a liquor control state [Iowa] and was finally able to buy a bottle of Malacca [1L $34] in my local well-stocked private liquor store today. The owner told me that they were able to get a maximum of five cases from the State of Iowa in its initial order, but was unsure if it would be regularly available. The label does state it is "limited" so we will see what that means.

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                                  1. re: hawkeyeui93

                                    Limited to an enormous bottling of around 9,000 cases/108,000 1 liter bottles. I can get the new edition for $25 near me. I still have 1/2 case liters of the original.

                                    1. re: JMF

                                      I had my doubts how "limited" it was if I can get it in Iowa, but the sole reason I bought it was that I did not have a chance to try it when it was last on the market.

                                    2. re: hawkeyeui93

                                      Oddly enough, when it first showed up online at Astor's in NY, it was limited to one bottle per customer - then it vanished from the site for a while - then it came back without the restriction. I recently placed an order from there and got two bottles, one for me and one for a friend. $28.

                                      1. re: ncyankee101

                                        I recently bought a bottle as well. And... disappointment. I guess after all of the buildup I expected something that would totally blow my mind. I don't think it's very interesting. Was it, perhaps, more novel when it was first on the market because the entire crop of New American gins hadn't happened yet?

                                        1. re: davis_sq_pro

                                          I haven't yet gotten around to doing a side by side tasting with the old and the new. I don't want to open an unopened bottle of the old, and have way too many bottles in storage to easily dig out an opened one. When I get around to it I'll post whether they are the same or not. But, I have pretty good taste memory, and I seem to think the original had a bit more going on.

                                          You are right though that when it first came out in 1997-2001, it was a very different gin than what folks were used to. Bombay Sapphire, which was released in 1987 took awhile to gain traction, and that was with a very good ad campaign. It was designed to appeal to today's tastes. But Malacca was aimed at the wrong market segment, and it is a recipe from 1839, and does not hit our modern tastes the same way. I'm pretty sure they tweaked the recipe and production methods in this latest batch.

                                          1. re: davis_sq_pro

                                            I have a date with Malacca tonight, so I will have to give my two cents on it this weekend. I had a feeling that I could be disappointed with it, but at least an average gin is infinitely better than a premium vodka.

                                            1. re: davis_sq_pro

                                              I haven't opened mine yet, I have been on a mission to finish open bottles and clear some space.

                                              Have you had Beefeater 24? If so what did you think of it?

                                              1. re: ncyankee101

                                                Not yet, but it is on my list to try.

                                        2. My initial impression of Malacca is that it is a better executed New Amsterdam type of gin ... Lots of citrus notes and a smooth burn [and the citrus taste is not saccharine or fake as it is comes off to me in New Amsterdam Gin]. Mixes well with fresh lemon and ginger beer. I don't mind it, but it gets lost a little bit in my drink.