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16 Best Australian Gins: London-Dry to Flavoured | Man of Many

From small-time startups in Tasmania to huge, award-winning distilleries in New South Wales, these are the best Australian gins right now, ready for your next G & T, Martini or Southside. Here is a list of the best gin from Australia for you to try now.

Best Australian Gins at a Glance

Brand: Never Never Distilling Co.
Release: Triple Juniper Gin
ABV: 43%
Region: South Australia
Price: AUD$61.99

1. Never Never Distilling Co. Triple Juniper Gin

Brand: Four Pillars
Release: Rare Dry Gin
ABV: 41.8%
Region: Victoria
Price: AUD$78.99

2. Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin

Brand: Archie Rose Distilling Co.
Release: Signature Dry Gin
ABV: 42%
Region: New South Wales
Price: AUD$81.99

3. Archie Rose Distilling Co. Signature Dry Gin

Brand: Manly Spirits
Release: Australian Dry Gin
ABV: 43%
Region: New South Wales
Price: AUD$71.99

4. Manly Spirits Australian Dry Gin

Brand: Forty Spotted
Release: Australian Gin
ABV: 40%
Region: Tasmania
Price: AUD$75.99

5. Forty Spotted Australian Gin

Brand: Poor Toms
Release: Sydney Dry Gin
ABV: 41%
Region: New South Wales
Price: AUD$72.99

6. Poor Toms Sydney Dry Gin

Brand: Four Pillars
Release: Bloody Shiraz
ABV: 37.8%
Region: Victoria
Price: AUD$85.99

7. Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz

Brand: Applewood Distillery
Release: Australian Gin
ABV: 43%
Region: South Australia
Price: AUD$69.99

8. Applewood Australian Gin

Brand: Brookie’s
Release: Byron Dry Australian Gin
ABV: 46%
Region: New South Wales
Price: AUD$79.99

9. Brookie’s Byron Dry Australian Gin

Brand: Patient Wolf
Release: Melbourne Dry Gin
ABV: 41.5%
Region: Victoria
Price: AUD$77.99

10. Patient Wolf Melbourne Dry Gin

Brand: Adelaide Hills Distillery
Release: 78˚ Classic Gin
ABV: 42%
Region: South Australia
Price: AUD$77.99

11. Adelaide Hills Distillery 78˚ Classic Gin

Brand: Young Henrys
Release: Noble Cut Gin
ABV: 40%
Region: New South Wales
Price: AUD$75.99

12. Young Henrys Noble Cut

Brand: Hickson House Distilling Co.
Release: Australian Dry Gin
ABV: 42%
Region: New South Wales
Price: AUD$75

13. Hickson Road Australian Dry Gin

Brand: Never Never Distilling Co.
Release: Ginache
ABV: 38%
Region: South Australia

14. Never Never Distilling Co. Ginache

Brand: The Melbourne Gin Company
Release: Dry Gin
ABV: 42%
Region: Victoria
Price: AUD$69.99

15. The Melbourne Gin Company Dry Gin

Brand: Brunswick Aces
Release: Spades Blend Gin
ABV: 42%
Region: Victoria
Price: AUD$69.99

16. Brunswick Aces Spades Blend Gin

To say that gin is an interesting, unique spirit is a ridiculous understatement. While most spirits (except intentionally flavourless vodka) are distilled and then aged to add flavour (rum, tequila, and various whisk(e)ys among other spirits), gin gets its flavour from being infused with various herbs and botanicals. This is where some drinkers turn away from gin. If they do, they’re really missing out. While vodka offers a base for cocktails without intentionally very little flavour, gin is crafted purely for the herbal, floral, and fruity flavours it will bring to your favourite cocktails.

What is Gin?

Similar to vodka, gin is made by distilling a neutral grain alcohol from grapes, wheat, barley, or some other fruit or grain. Here’s where it deviates from vodka though. It’s then infused with herbs and botanicals, and fruits like juniper berries, orange peels, coriander, and angelica root.

How is Gin Made?

While gin has a long history in places like The Netherlands and the United Kingdom, it’s made in all corners of the globe. While not often thought of historically as a gin destination, Australia has become a great country to be a gin drinker in the last decade or so with many craft and artisanal distilleries cranking out amazing, noteworthy gins. Add to that, Australia is starting to become known as a gin destination all over the world after capturing some of the biggest awards at the 2022 World Gin Awards.

Where is Gin Made?

With just about every distillery and their cat (it’s a thing) making at least one expression, with many offering seasonal limited releases and barrel-aged examples, if you’re not already drinking the stuff then now’s the time to start. And ‘I got really drunk on it once when I was a teenager and now I can’t touch the stuff’ is not a valid excuse.

Rise of Australian Gin

While London Dry is by far the most commonly seen gin, there are actually five types of gin. Each presents its own challenges, subtle differences and stylistic choices, so if you want to make the most of your gin-drinking experience, it’s key that you know what to look for. Here are the five types of gin to put on your radar.

Types of Gin

There’s no more well-known gin style than the classic London dry. It gets its name because of where it originated as well as the flavour profile. There are also specific rules pertaining to what exactly a London dry gin is. To be included in this category, it must start with an agriculturally created base spirit, it must be distilled to at least 96 percent ABV, no herbs, botanicals, fruits, or flavors can be artificial or synthetic, and all of the ingredients must be added during the distillation process.

London Dry

Plymouth-style gin gets its name because it’s a very geographically specific style. Like Cognac can only be produced in and around Cognac, France, Plymouth-style gin can only be distilled in Plymouth, England. It’s known for its similar flavour profile to London dry gin. The difference is that the base ingredients are different, and it’s known to be even drier.


Popular in the 1800s, Old Tom-style gin largely disappeared until contemporary craft distillers brought it back. Often time (but not always), it’s aged to add depth of flavour. Regardless of aging, it’s known for its much sweeter flavour profile than its London dry gin counterpart. It’s less juniper driven and has a similar flavour profile to the popular Dutch spirit genever.

Old Tom

Also spelled jenever, genever is a Dutch-born spirit that gets its primary flavour from the liberal use of juniper berries. Even though it tastes like gin, technically it isn’t a gin. Genever can only be produced in The Netherlands or Belgium. It’s a blend of two different spirits. The first is a whisky-like spirit made with wheat, corn, and rye. The second spirit is a neutral grain spirit flavoured with juniper. Other herbs and botanicals can be added, depending on the recipe. All you really need to know is that genever is like someone added white whisky to their favourite gin.


If you’re not quite aboard the Australian gin train, or you’re just looking to find out which international spirit tickles your fancy, why not check out some of our other drinks articles?

Alternatives to Australian Gin

With more than 10 years of experience reviewing beer, wine and spirits, Man of Many’s team of editors has selected a list of the best gin. Additionally, author Christopher Osburn has more than 15 years of experience writing about alcohol and lifestyle topics across the globe. As our resident drinks expert, is the perfect person to unpack this mixture of flavours.

How Man of Many Chose the Best Australian Gins

What is the most awarded Australian gin?

Four Pillars is the most-awarded gin brand in Australia and one of the most awarded in the world. It was named Distiller of the Year at the 2022 World Gin Awards. But Never Never Distilling Company’s Triple Juniper Gin Export Strength was named the World’s Best London Dry Gin.

What are the five types of gin?

While there are myriad different kinds of gin, the five main types are London dry (the gin you’re most likely aware of), New World (known for using a long list of herbs and botanicals), Plymouth (known for being drier than London dry gin and can only be produced in Plymouth, England), Navy Strength (named because of its imbibement by the British Royal Navy, it’s known for its high proof of 114 and above), and Old Tom (aged or un-aged, it’s known for its much sweet flavour profile than London dry gin).

What is the oldest gin distillery in Australia?

With its founding in 2006 by Jon and Sarah Lark, Kangaroo Island Spirits was Australia’s first dedicated gin distillery. Located in Cygnet River, Kangaroo Island. This award-winning distillery produces gin, vodka, and a variety of liqueurs. Its success paved the way for the influx of award-winning, high-quality gins of today.

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