Australian Gin Makers List

LAST UPDATED 30 November 2018

Here is the definitive list of Australian Gins with links to their makers which I update monthly, and my reviews which often include an interview with the distiller.

Note, this list does not necessarily include multiple gin releases from each distillery.

Gins of various standards have been produced in Australia for quite some while, and one of the earliest references to a commercial gin production is from 1926 from the Federal Distilleries in Port Melbourne (established in 1888 producing mainly whisky) who produced a gin called Crystal Court.

Today we’re living in the golden age of Australian craft gins with inspired use of local botanical  giving them a distinctly Aussie expression. There seems to be no sign of the boom slowing down and I’m adding new makers every two weeks!

Short Reviews

For short reviews of 24 Australian Gins included in the 2018 Gintonica Advent Calendar  please see my article here.

Rating System

Where possible I review each of them for you in detail, including interviews of their distillers.  The ratings provided are of one of their range I’ve sampled, not a reflection of their entire range.

Meanwhile, for those I’ve tried there is a rating:

  1. Best used in Molotov cocktails only
  2. Either a work in progress, or best used in a mixed drink.
  3. Respectable and workmanlike-good for a great G+T or a gutsy Martini
  4. Martini-worthy in the elegant style
  5. World class premium Gin

If you know of any I’ve missed please get in touch.

  1. 5 Nines Distilling Gin, South Australia
  2. 1875 Gin – Wild River Mountain Distillery, North Queensland
  3. 1770 Distillery, Queensland
  4. 23rd Street Distillery, South Australia
  5. 36S Blood Orange Gin, South Australia  **** read review here (Also see this Rakia review) ****
  6. Abel Gin Company, Tasmania ****
  7. Adams Distillery, Tasmania ***.5
  8. Alchemy Distillery, Victoria
  9. ALTD Spirits, New South Wales Non-alcoholic distilled spirits
  10. Ambleside Distillers, South Australia
  11. Antipodes Gin Co,  Organic **** Read review here
  12. Animus Distillery, Victoria  ***
  13. Applewood Distillery, South Australia  *****  Read review here
  14. Anther Gin, Victoria *** (was Artemis Gin)
  15. Archie Rose Distilling Company, Sydney NSW  ***** read review of original release
  16. Art of Booze, Queensland
  17. Adelaide Hills Distillery, **** South Australia
  18. Bakehouse Distillery, Tasmania
  19. Baker Williams, New South Wales
  20. Bakery Hill Distillery,  South Australia ***
  21. Barossa Distilling Company,  South Australia
  22. Bass and Flinders Gin, Victoria *** / **** read review here of their regular and  Monsoon versions 
  23. Balcombe Dry Gin, Victoria
  24. BeGin Gin, Victoria **
  25. Beacon Gin, Western Australia
  26. Beach Box Gin, Victoria
  27. Bellarine Gin, Victoria
  28. Big Tree Distillery, Victoria
  29. Big River Distilling, Australian Capital Territory ****
  30. Black Cat Gin, South Australia
  31. Blind Tiger Gin, South Australia  ***** Read review here
  32. Brogan’s Way Distillery, Victoria
  33. Brunswick Aces, Victoria Non-Alcholhic distilled spirit **** read review here
  34. Blue Still,New South Wales
  35. Botanic Australis Gin, North Queensland****  read review here + Navy Strength version
  36. Brocken Spectre Gin, for Tonic Tasmania ***
  37. Brookie’s Gin, Byron Bay, New South Wales
  38. Castle Glen, Queensland
  39. Catcher & Co,  New South Wales Bathtub gin: **** Read review here 
  40. Cedar Fox Distillery, Victoria
  41. Chief’s Son Distillery Victoria no website yet
  42. Copperwave Gin, New South Wales
  43. Cloudy Lobo Ciders,South Australia
  44. Darby Norris Distillery, Tasmania
  45. Dead Governors Gin, Swan Valley, Western Australia
  46. Death Gin, Victoria
  47. Durand Distillery, South Australia
  48. East view Estate, (aka Dodson’s Gin) New South Wales ****
  49. Encounter Coast Spirits, South Australia
  50. Four Pillars Gin Healesville, Victoria **** read review here  (several versions available)
  51. Forty Spotted Gin, Tasmania  **** read review here + here ****
  52. Fossey’s Gin, Victoria
  53. Flinders Peak Winery and Distillery, Queensland
  54. Flinders Island Distillery, Tasmania
  55. Geographe Distillery Beacon Gin, Western Australia
  56. Gidgegannup Distilleries,  Western Australia
  57. Gin XLCR  – Baker Williams, New South Wales
  58. Ginnifer Golden Gin, Western Australia
  59. Glen Gowrie Gin,  New South Wales
  60. Godfather Pepperberry Gin,Tasmania
  61. Granddad Jacks Distillery, Queensland
  62. Grasslands Gin, New South Wales  ***  read review here
  63. Great Southern Gin – London Dry Style,  Western Australia
  64. Great Ocean Road Gin, Victoria
  65. Growers Own,Tasmania
  66. Grove Experience,  Western Australia
  67. Hartshorn Distillery, Tasmania
  68. Harmans Estate GGG Gin, Margaret River, Western Australia
  69. Harris Organic Dry Gin, Swan Valley, Western Australia
  70. Here’s Looking at You Kid Distillery, Victoria
  71. Hells Gate Gin, Tasmania
  72. Hellfire Distillery London Dry Gin, Tasmania
  73. Hemp Gin,New South Wales
  74. High Spirits Distillery ,Western Australia
  75. Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery, (was WA now made in Victoria) **
  76. HumpyBong Distillery, Queensland
  77. Hunter Valley Distillery, New South Wales
  78. Hunnington Distillery, Tasmania
  79. Hurdle Creek Still,Victoria (several versions available)
  80. Imbue Distillery ,Victoria
  81. Ink Gin, New South Wales ***
  82. Ironbark Gin, New South Wales ****
  83. Iron House Brewery Distillery, Tasmania
  84. Joadja Distillery, New South Wales
  85. Kalki Moon Premium Gin, Queensland  ***.5 read review here
  86. Karu Distillery, Grosevale NSW
  87. Kilderkin Distillery, Victoria ***
  88. Killara Distillery,Tasmania ****
  89. Kimberley Rum Company, Western Australia
  90. Kangaroo Island Spirits Wild Gin ,South Australia ****
  91. Knocklofty Spirits, Tasmania
  92. Lawrenny Distillery Tasmania ***** (several versions available)
  93. Loch Brewery + Distillery, Victoria ****  read review here for original release
  94. Lord Byron Distillery, New South Wales
  95. Little Lon Distilling Company, Victoria
  96. Lilly Pilly Gin, Queensland
  97. Lyrebird Gin, South Australia
  98. Martin Distillation Company, South Australia ****
  99. Manly Spirits Gin, New South Wales  ****  (several versions available)
  100. Margaret River Distillery, Western Australia ****
  101. McHenry Classic Dry Gin, Tasmania *****    read review here of original release
  102. McHenry Federation Gin, Tasmania **** read review here
  103. Melbourne Gin Company, Victoria ***** read review here
  104. Melbourne Moonshine Memo Gin
  105. MC Gin, Mount Compass South Australia ****
  106. Mobius Distilling, New South Wales
  107. Moore’s Vintage Dry Gin, Distillery Botanica, New South Wales Dry Gin: *** read review here of original release
  108. Mountain Mist Gin, New South Wales
  109. Mountain Distilling,Victoria
  110. Motorcycle Gin, Tasmania
  111. Mt Wellington Gin, Tasmania
  112. Murray’s Brewing, New South Wales
  113. Never Never Gin, South Australia ****
  114. New World Projects, Small Batch Gins Melbourne***
  115. Noble Bootleggers, Victoria
  116. Nosferatu Distillery, Victoria
  117. Noosa Heads Distillery, Queensland
  118. Nonesuch Distillery Tasmania   read review here of this Sloe Gin and read review here of their Dry Gin.****
  119. Of All the Gin Joints Distillery, Victoria
  120. Opal Blue Premium Dry Gin, Western Australia
  121. Old Young’s Gin, Western Australia *****
  122. Old Kempton Distillery, Tasmania
  123. Original Spirits Company, Victoria ***.5 read review here
  124. Ounce Gin, South Australia ***
  125. Oxford Scholar Gin, Victoria ***
  126. Patient Wolf Gin, Victoria *****
  127. Penn Gin, Tasmania
  128. Phaedrus Estate Gin, Victoria
  129. Poor Tom’s Gin, New South Wales ***
  130. Pot and Still, South Australia
  131. Prohibition Liquor Co. South Australia **** read review here of their Bathtub gin
  132. Quandong Gin, South Australia
  133. Reed and Co Distilling, Victoria ****
  134. Retiring Gin, Tasmania ***.5 (NO LONGER IN PRODUCTION) Read review here
  135. Red Hen Gin, South Australia
  136. Redlands Distillery, Tasmania
  137. Remedy Small Batch Gin,Victoria
  138. Saleyards Distillery, Billy Goats Gin Queensland ***
  139. Settler’s Gin, South Australia- including Rare Dry Gin Read review here *** & Barrel aged ****
  140. Seclusion Gin, Bruny Island, Tasmania***
  141. Seppeltfield Road Distillers, South Australia
  142. Sheene Estate, Tasmania ****
  143. Sin Gin, Western Australia ***
  144. Southern Wild Distillery, Tasmania- several versions ***/**** read review here
  145. South Coast Distillery, New South Wales
  146. Souwester Spirits, Western Australia
  147. Strait Dry Gin + Sloe Gin, Tasmania
  148. Strange Omen Hopped Gin, Tasmania
  149. Stone Pine Gin + Truffle Gin and others New South Wales **** read review here of original release
  150. Story Wines Gin,Victoria
  151. Spring Bay Distillery Tasmania ****
  152. Sud Polaire Gin, Tasmania*****
  153. Suter and Sons Dry Gin, Victoria
  154. Sullivans Cove, Tasmania Mt Wellington Gin  & Hobart No4 Gin  ***** read review here of original release
  155. Tattarang Springs Distillery, Western Australia
  156. Taylor and Smith Distilling, Tasmania
  157. Terra Australis Distillery, Victoria
  158. The Farmers Wife Distillery, Victoria
  159. The Splendid Gin, Tasmania ****
  160. The Story Gin, Victoria
  161. The Grove Gin, Western Australia
  162. The Canberra Distillery Canberra) *** read review here of original release
  163. The Siding, Gerringong, New South Wales
  164. Tintenbar Distillery, New South Wales
  165. Tiny Bear Distillery,  Victoria
  166. Triple GGG Gin, Victoria
  167. Two Accents Gin, South Australia
  168. Underground Spirits Gin, Canberra **** read review here
  169. Waterview Distillery, Queensland
  170. Wandering Distillery, Victoria
  171. Woodwater Distillery, South Australia
  172. West Winds Gin, Western Australia read review here ***** 
  173. Wildbrumby Gin, New South Wales read review here ****
  174. Wild River Mountain Distillery, Queensland
  175. Wilmot Hills Gin, Tasmania
  176. Young Henry’s, New South Wales read review here***

30 thoughts on “Australian Gin Makers List

  1. Hi great List!
    would have loved to hear aboutyour centenary Martini project before your event so we could of promoted from this side !

    we also have some great martini vodka’s which are popular with American vistors to our cellar door.

    Happy to work with you in the future or provide product for interesting projects.

    Soon releasing a second Gin so using a native rosemary so keep in touch.
    cheers

    Kangaroo Island Spirits
    Dirty Kis Martini

    1 shot (30 mls) Kis Samphire Vodka

    1 shot (30mls) Kis Wild Gin

    1 splash of Lillet blanc

    A few fresh Samphire sprigs (pickled will do) or Olives if easier

    Directions

    1. Rinse the glass with the lillet then place in freezer for 3 – 5 minutes.

    2. Fill a shaker with Vodka and Gin and ample ice . Cover and shake hard till well chilled.

    3. Remove martini glass from freezer. Strain contents of the shaker into the glass, garnish with Samphire sprigs or the olives and, and serve with a mysterious smile.

    We also have a vodka infused with Samphire, lime and pepper which works really well in a Margarita……especially the infused Samphire which really takes on the lime from the zest so makes a wonderful garnish in eiother the martini or margarita
    Kangaroo Island Spirits’s photo.(on our website http://www.kispirits.com.au/pages/kis-vodka-samphire)

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    • Hello Jon

      Thanks so very much on all counts- great to make the connection!

      I had the pleasure of enjoying your lovely gin just recently at a new bar here in Canberra, A.Baker, and was very impressed. When I was sourcing ingredients for the ‘Centini’ many of the Aussie gins were either hard to track down or not up to standard, and I didn’t come across yours on my searches alas. However, there was a subtext to the recipe with WA being represented through the gin, Victoria /Melbourne as the first capital via Maidenii vermouth and so forth.

      That said, I host regular soirees for Martini fans locally and I’ve very good relationships with local bars and we can certainly look at working together to introduce your products to a discerning and appreciative audience.

      For many people, it was the first time they knew there was Australian gin at all when I crafted the Centenary Martini cocktail, let along that there was quality products like yours. So I’m really happy to keep raising the awareness of it and help in a modest way to create larger market for you all.

      I love the recipe…thanks for sharing it… a big fan of Lillet blanc too!

      Cheers

      Phillip

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  25. Great list (and one that I’ll be referring back to!).

    I found your website when looking for a review of Fossey’s Gin, of which I’ve just been given a bottle. I noticed you listed it as a NSW gin but it’s actually from Mildura in Victoria. I’m looking forward to cracking the bottle open.

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