We all love a good list, so when a really short one (’cause they’re harder to get on of course) includes a South Aussie company, we all go wild in the office. Make it two SA brands and we’re beside ourselves.
Today it’s the fab folks behind local gin labels Red Hen and Applewood Distillery Gin, who have taken out the honours, making the cut to be included in a list of The 6 Best Australian Gins On The Market.
The list, compiled late last year by Elle Australia, encourages everyone to put away your Hendricks and Tanqueray, and support local, by trying some incredible Australian gins, which we couldn’t agree with more.
So if you’re in the mood for a nice G&T this week to cool you down (during yet another heat wave), here’s another list we’ve whipped up of some great South Aussie gins to try, once you’re all over Red Hen & Applewood.
These guys are all over adventurous flavours and combinations, including their Breakfast Gin, Pink Gin, Shiraz Gin, Spiced Fig Gin, Pomegranate Gin, and (drumroll please) Coriander Gin, just to name a few.
Prohibition Gin have a tight range of gins, and are about producing quality, great tasting spirits. Some will knock your socks off though, so keep an eye on their alcohol percentages. Their Bathtub Cut gin is 69%, whereas their signature Prohibition Gin is 42%. They also make a Shiraz Barrel Gin.
Not only does this gin have a great name and label, it’s a sophisticated dry gin that is perfect when served neat. It also partners well with other flavours to create magical gin based cocktails.
The Ambleside distilling family of three has been passionate about sourcing local since day one. It all began with their Australian Copper Still, fondly named ‘Doug’ after Steve’s Great Uncle who used to soothe his ‘toothache’ with a G&T. From there they’ve now developed a tasting bar and planted a botanical walk, that is now flourishing with a range of botanicals used in the Ambleside distilling process.
Created by two winemakers, Applewood Distillery Gin showcases products to the rest of the world that embrace Australian native ingredients and pay homage to the custodianship of the indigenous people who maintained the land for thousands of years.
Red Hen Gin is crafted in the Adelaide CBD in small batches using native botanicals in the traditional London dry style. It’s won a gold medal in the Contemporary Gin category at the 2017 Australian Distilled Spirit Awards, as well as taking out the award for Australian Champion Small Batch Spirit.
Kangaroo Island Spirits uses environmentally sustainable practices to produce its premium range, including the multi-award-winning Wild Gin, created from local juniper.
The historic Twenty Third Street Distillery, built in 1914, is now charting new flavour territories with old-school craftsmanship to bring you sensory pleasures savoury and sweet, bright and smooth, contradictory yet united. Try their signature gin, or their Navy Strength for something a little harder hitting.
With a range of gin including Generations Gin, Budburst Gin, Barrel Aged Gin and Shiraz Gin, Barossa Distilling Company is on a mission to put Barossa on the map as a region producing exceptional craft spirits. Generations Gin uses premium Barossa grape spirit as it base. It’s infused and distilled with 12 botanicals. Traditional juniper and South Australian Orange are joined by coriander seed and angelica. Ginger, fennel seed and almond add warmth, structure and a robust mouthfeel, while chamomile, cassia and lavender provide savory floral notes. The South Australian oranges provide the key vibrant citrus.
Never Never Distilling Co. is here to start a juniper revolution, making some of the boldest, juniper-forward gins in the world and being fearless in everything they do. Never Never embraces the Australian spirit of adventure and the journey into the unknown. It’s been a part of the Australian vernacular since the late 19th century and is still used to describe some of the most remote parts of Australia. Never Never Distilling Co. was founded by three people with a passion for flavour and the skills to grow a global gin business. Their mantra of “Fearless Spirit” is inspired by the actions of their peers in the industry. Oh, and they also just won the worlds best gin at the World Gin Awards.