Australian Gin Makers List

LAST UPDATED 14 September 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 with over 250 labels now available.

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 ***
  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– coming in August 2018
  30. Blind Tiger Gin, South Australia  ***** Read review here
  31. Brogan’s Way Distillery, Victoria
  32. Brunswick Aces, Victoria Non-Alcholhic distilled spirit **** read review here
  33. Blue Still,New South Wales
  34. Botanic Australis Gin, North Queensland****  read review here + Navy Strength version
  35. Brocken Spectre Gin, for Tonic Tasmania ***
  36. Brookie’s Gin, Byron Bay, New South Wales
  37. Castle Glen, Queensland
  38. Catcher & Co,  New South Wales Bathtub gin: **** Read review here 
  39. Cedar Fox Distillery, Victoria
  40. Chief’s Son Distillery Victoria no website yet
  41. Copperwave Gin, New South Wales
  42. Cloudy Lobo Ciders,South Australia
  43. Darby Norris Distillery, Tasmania
  44. Dead Governors Gin, Swan Valley, Western Australia
  45. Death Gin, Victoria
  46. Durand Distillery, South Australia
  47. East view Estate, (aka Dodson’s Gin) New South Wales ****
  48. Encounter Coast Spirits, South Australia
  49. Four Pillars Gin Healesville, Victoria **** read review here  (several versions available)
  50. Forty Spotted Gin, Tasmania  **** read review here + here ****
  51. Fossey’s Gin, Victoria
  52. Flinders Peak Winery and Distillery, Queensland
  53. Flinders Island Distillery, Tasmania
  54. Geographe Distillery Beacon Gin, Western Australia
  55. Gidgegannup Distilleries,  Western Australia
  56. Gin XLCR  – Baker Williams, New South Wales
  57. Ginnifer Golden Gin, Western Australia
  58. Glen Gowrie Gin,  New South Wales
  59. Godfather Pepperberry Gin,Tasmania
  60. Granddad Jacks Distillery, Queensland
  61. Grasslands Gin, New South Wales  ***  read review here
  62. Great Southern Gin – London Dry Style,  Western Australia
  63. Great Ocean Road Gin, Victoria
  64. Growers Own,Tasmania
  65. Grove Experience,  Western Australia
  66. Hartshorn Distillery, Tasmania
  67. Harmans Estate GGG Gin, Margaret River, Western Australia
  68. Harris Organic Dry Gin, Swan Valley, Western Australia
  69. Here’s Looking at You Kid Distillery, Victoria
  70. Hells Gate Gin, Tasmania
  71. Hellfire Distillery London Dry Gin, Tasmania
  72. Hemp Gin,New South Wales
  73. High Spirits Distillery ,Western Australia
  74. Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery, (was WA now made in Victoria) **
  75. HumpyBong Distillery, Queensland
  76. Hunter Valley Distillery, New South Wales
  77. Hunnington Distillery, Tasmania
  78. Hurdle Creek Still,Victoria (several versions available)
  79. Imbue Distillery ,Victoria
  80. Ink Gin, New South Wales ***
  81. Ironbark Gin, New South Wales ****
  82. Iron House Brewery Distillery, Tasmania
  83. Joadja Dry Gin, New South Wales
  84. Kalki Moon Premium Gin, Queensland  ***.5 read review here
  85. Karu Distillery, Grosevale NSW
  86. Kilderkin Distillery, Victoria ***
  87. Killara Distillery,Tasmania ****
  88. Kimberley Rum Company, Western Australia
  89. Kangaroo Island Spirits Wild Gin ,South Australia ****
  90. Knocklofty Spirits, Tasmania
  91. Lawrenny Distillery Tasmania ***** (several versions available)
  92. Loch Brewery + Distillery, Victoria ****  read review here for original release
  93. Lord Byron Distillery, New South Wales
  94. Little Lon Distilling Company, Victoria
  95. Lilly Pilly Gin, Queensland
  96. Lyrebird Gin, South Australia
  97. Martin Distillation Company, South Australia ****
  98. Manly Spirits Gin, New South Wales  ****  (several versions available)
  99. Margaret River Distillery, Western Australia ****
  100. McHenry Classic Dry Gin, Tasmania *****    read review here of original release
  101. McHenry Federation Gin, Tasmania **** read review here
  102. Melbourne Gin Company, Victoria ***** read review here
  103. Melbourne Moonshine Memo Gin
  104. MC Gin, Mount Compass South Australia ****
  105. Mobius Distilling, New South Wales
  106. Moore’s Vintage Dry Gin, Distillery Botanica, New South Wales Dry Gin: *** read review here of original release
  107. Mountain Mist Gin, New South Wales
  108. Mountain Distilling ,Victoria website pending
  109. Motorcycle Gin, Tasmania
  110. Mt Wellington Gin, Tasmania
  111. Never Never Gin, South Australia ****
  112. New World Projects, Small Batch Gins Melbourne***
  113. Noble Bootleggers, Victoria
  114. Noosa Heads Distillery, Queensland
  115. Nonesuch Distillery Tasmania   read review here of this Sloe Gin and read review here of their Dry Gin.****
  116. Of All the Gin Joints Distillery, Victoria
  117. Opal Blue Premium Dry Gin, Western Australia
  118. Old Young’s Gin, Western Australia ****.5
  119. Old Kempton Distillery, Tasmania
  120. Original Spirits Company, Victoria ***.5 read review here
  121. Ounce Gin, South Australia ***
  122. Oxford Scholar Gin, Victoria ***
  123. Patient Wolf Gin, Victoria *****
  124. Penn Gin, Tasmania
  125. Phaedrus Estate Gin, Victoria
  126. Poor Tom’s Gin, New South Wales ***
  127. Pot and Still, South Australia
  128. Prohibition Liquor Co. South Australia **** read review here of their Bathtub gin
  129. Quandong Gin, South Australia
  130. Reed and Co Distilling, Victoria ****
  131. Retiring Gin, Tasmania ***.5 (NO LONGER IN PRODUCTION) Read review here
  132. Red Hen Gin, South Australia
  133. Redlands Distillery, Tasmania
  134. Remedy Small Batch Gin,Victoria
  135. Saleyards Distillery, Billy Goats Gin Queensland ***
  136. Settler’s Gin, South Australia- including Rare Dry Gin Read review here *** & Barrel aged ****
  137. Seclusion Gin, Bruny Island, Tasmania***
  138. Seppeltfield Road Distillers, South Australia
  139. Sheene Estate, Tasmania ****
  140. Sin Gin, Western Australia ***
  141. Southern Wild Distillery, Tasmania- several versions ***/**** read review here
  142. Souwester Spirits, Western Australia
  143. Strait Dry Gin + Sloe Gin, Tasmania
  144. Strange Omen Hopped Gin, Tasmania
  145. Stone Pine Gin + Truffle Gin and others New South Wales **** read review here of original release
  146. Story Wines Gin,Victoria
  147. Spring Bay Distillery Tasmania ****
  148. Sud Polaire Gin, Tasmania*****
  149. Suter and Sons Dry Gin, Victoria
  150. Sullivans Cove, Tasmania Mt Wellington Gin  & Hobart No4 Gin  ***** read review here of original release
  151. Terra Australis Distillery, Victoria
  152. The Splendid Gin, Tasmania ****
  153. The Story Gin, Victoria
  154. The Grove Gin, Western Australia
  155. The Canberra Distillery Canberra) *** read review here of original release
  156. The Siding, Gerringong, New South Wales
  157. Tintenbar Distillery, New South Wales
  158. Tiny Bear Distillery, Knoxfield Victoria
  159. Triple GGG Gin, Victoria
  160. Underground Spirits Gin, Canberra **** read review here
  161. Waterview Distillery, Queensland
  162. Wandering Distillery, Victoria
  163. West Winds Gin, Western Australia read review here ***** 
  164. Wildbrumby Gin, New South Wales read review here ****
  165. Wild River Mountain Distillery, Queensland
  166. Wilmot Hills Gin, Tasmania
  167. 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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