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Published August 1st 2022
Australia's gin industry is expanding, here's a few examples
I love my gin, as I'm sure many people do, so I've put together a list of Australian Gin Distilleries that I have tried that you might want to as well. Disclosure - I have a very sweet tooth, so whilst I will recommend sweeter varieties, most distilleries have something for everyone's taste. And of course, gin is always best drunk with tonic.
The Classic Gin
1. Three Lily's Gin
Located in Margaret River, WA, this is a relatively new distillery, opening in late 2020, the name coming from the three ladies named Lily in the life of one of its founders Allan Waters - his partner, mother and grandmother. I have visited this location twice, the first shortly after they opened and the second they had more varieties in their flavoured gins, my friends even bought me their mixed three-pack for my birthday.
My favourite flavours are Mango and Pina Colada, but they also have Espresso, Raspberry and Lemon to name a few, along with classic gin, vodkas, liqueurs and wines, oh and their on-site sweet store. Whilst they don't have stockists in Perth, if you can't venture to Margaret River, you can order online for delivery. If you are there, you can try some of the different flavours before you buy. https://threelilys.com.au/
Wild Plum Gin
2. West Winds Distillery
Also located in Margaret River, WA, West Winds Distilleries was opened in 2010 and it took its creators 12 months and 45 distillations before they developed their first two gins. Their actual distillery isn't that easy to get to, if you do find it you can enjoy some product tastings, and they are currently building a distillery and tavern in Cowaramup.
They have a variety of gins including wild plum, London dry, navy strength and pinque rose as well as some vodkas. I'm a fan of the plum gin myself. West Winds varieties can be ordered online, or you can find their products at a variety of bottleshops including Dan Murphys, BWS, Vintage Cellars and Liquor Barons. https://westwindsdistillers.com/
3. Newy Distillery
Located in Newcastle, NSW, Newy Distillery was founded by Luke and Kimberly Stone. I found out about this distillery through a post on Facebook and purchased my first products when they were having a sale on their vodka products, but I purchased some of their gin at the same time - a three-pack including pumpkin spice, pink and passionfruit gins.
They have a variety of coloured shimmer gins, dry gin and other flavours. They also have coloured shimmer and flavoured vodkas. You can purchase individually or in selected packs with flavours or make specific cocktails. They have also released (in July 2022) a 24-pack gin and 12-pack vodka advent calendars for Christmas - and I have ordered one of the gin ones!
You can order directly from their website for delivery, or they have a number of stockists around Australia listed on their website. https://newydistillery.com.au/
Yet another distillery based in Margaret River, WA (says something about the area hey - especially when you consider the wineries down there too), Giniversity was started back in 2004 by Cameron Syme in Albany before the Margaret River location was opened in 2015. They now have four locations you can visit and purchase their products, Margaret River, Albany, Swan Valley and the newest in Porongurup.
Some may be more familiar with the other part of Giniversity - Limeburners, which is their single malt whisky range, recently expanded to include Dugite and Tiger Snake whisky. Their gin range includes London dry, botanical, native and pink. I've tried them all and personally, the only variety I like is the botanical - which is not a sweet variety.
Along with ordering online or directly from their locations, you can also purchase products from Dan Murphys, BWS, Cellarbrations, Liquor Barons and a variety of independent bottleshops. https://distillery.com.au/pages/giniversity
Salt & Pepper Gin & Vodka Kit
5. Archie Rose Distillery
Located in Sydney, NSW, Archie Rose Distillery was started in 2014. Personally, I have only tried one of their vodka varieties - the Native Botanical which wasn't really to my taste.
Their gin range includes dry gin, lemon-scented and lime, they also make whisky, rum and have cocktail packs. You can purchase directly from their website or from Cellarbrations, Dan Murphys and Liquor Barons. https://archierose.com.au/