For another year, Drinks International magazine has published its revered Annual Brands Report, which outlines not just the top sellers in each spirit category, but the top\u00a0trending\u00a0products too (scroll to the bottom for the whole "what's hot" list of gins). In a happy twist of fate for small South Australian distillers Never Never, their juniper-heavy gin has come in at number seven on the trending list; the only Australian brand to feature.\r\n\r\nWith European brands dominating the field (just one Japanese distillery features as the only other non-British or Continental expression on either list) it's a huge pat on the back for co-founder and Director of Sales and Marketing Sean Baxter, who launched the brand in July last year.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s incredible to think of what we\u2019ve been able to achieve in six months. We\u2019ve only just scratched the surface here in Australia so it\u2019s exciting to think where we\u2019re going to be in another six\u201d says Baxter.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Triple Juniper gin, which harks back to the richer and more juniper-driven gins of old, displays a big front palate with a pleasant sweetness and viscosity, and a bold flavour that coats the mouth and makes it especially perfect for cocktails or drinking on the rocks.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe appeal of the brand lies in a return to flavour, a return to the classic characteristics and traditional ingredients that make a gin special\u201d adds Baxter. \u201cWe have amplified the juniper flavour to create a product that stands up in classic cocktails and is never lost in a gin and tonic."\r\n\r\nHighly respected in the booze and bar industry, the list is compiled after surveying the top 100 bars in the world, to garner an accurate representation of what punters are drinking, and also what's captured the connoisseurs of the globe's collective interest.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cSimply put, the Brands Report is based around a poll of the best bars in the world,\u201d says Hamish Smith, Editor at Drinks International. \u201cAs we know, a best-selling brand, even in the best bars in the world, earns its place on more than taste, so we also wanted to know the brands that are not necessarily doing huge volumes but have cool-appeal right now. This is where the Top Trending lists come in. [These] are the brands customers are increasingly asking for, perhaps because of word-of-mouth or even on bartenders\u2019 recommendations.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhile it's encouraging to see the likes of Never Never among the greats, there's little doubt that they'll be breaking past the small-distillery category if they keep getting attention like this. Grab a bottle now (the batches are numbered on the label) and you can say you liked them before it was cool.\r\n\r\nThe full list of top trending gins for 2018 is below.\r\nNever Never Distilling Co.\r\nDrinks International\r\nThe Drinks International Top Trending Gin Brands 2018\r\n\r\n \tMonkey 47\r\n \tTanqueray\r\n \tHendrick's\r\n \tCitadelle\r\n \tFords\r\n \tBombay Sapphire\r\n \tNever Never Distilling Co.\r\n \tKi No Bi\r\n \tSipsmith\r\n \tGin Mare\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to\u00a0Man of Many? You can also follow us on\u00a0Facebook,\u00a0Twitter,\u00a0Instagram, and\u00a0YouTube.