Best Spirits in Australia

  1. A beautifully integrated example of malt and oak. Young, volatile, and exciting with spice and heat on the finish and a clean bright malt-driven texture that marries the evident quality of ingredients with great attention to detail.

    01. Archie Rose Distilling Co. - Single Malt Whisky

    State: New South Wales Category: Whisky
  2. 02. Wildbrumby - Wildbrumby Baked Apple Liqueur Schnapps

    State: New South Wales Category: Liqueur
  3. Lifted nose with nice citrus despite the obvious dried fruit vibe. Rich in the mouth. Smoky with some dustiness.

    03. Bass & Flinders Distillery - Ochre - Fine Brandy

    State: Victoria Category: Brandy
  4. Gentle juniper nose leads to a powerful explosion of flavour. A classic expression of a juniper-dominant high alcohol gin.

    04. Never Never Distilling Co. - Southern Strength Gin

    State: South Australia Category: Gin
  5. 05. Sullivans Cove Single Malt Whisky - French Oak ex-Tawny Second Fill Single Cask

    State: Tasmania Category: Whisky
  6. 06. Never Never Distilling Co. - Stockholm Syndrome Aquavit

    State: South Australia Category: Alternate / Experimental
  7. Understated but complex and enticing nose, balance of juniper and freshness. Immediately fills the palate, lovely mouthfeel, not too oily but still round. Gentle warmth and drive complete the palate.

    07. Never Never Distlilling Co - Juniper Freak Gin

    State: South Australia Category: Gin
  8. Light and filigree. Lovely pine and citrus. Delicate and pretty. Excited to see what’s next.

    08. Ambleside Distillers - Small Acre Gin

    State: South Australia Category: Gin
  9. Bright and youthful. Creamy lactone characters with a pleasant herbal note throughout. Warming on the palate with a gentle finish. This is a wonderful new make right here!

    09. MORRIS Whisky - Australian Single Malt Whisky Signature

    State: Victoria Category: Whisky
  10. Earthy, generous vegetal nose. Palate follows through with more of the same. A super interesting direction. Cut lawn and capsicums.

    10. Karu Distillery - Morita Chipotle Vodka

    State: New South Wales Category: Vodka

Category Winners


Gin

  1. 01.

    Never Never Distilling Co. - Southern Strength Gin

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Gentle juniper nose leads to a powerful explosion of flavour. A classic expression of a juniper-dominant high alcohol gin.

  2. 02.

    Never Never Distlilling Co - Juniper Freak Gin

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Understated but complex and enticing nose, balance of juniper and freshness. Immediately fills the palate, lovely mouthfeel, not too oily but still round. Gentle warmth and drive complete the palate.

  3. 03.

    Ambleside Distillers - Small Acre Gin

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Light and filigree. Lovely pine and citrus. Delicate and pretty. Excited to see what’s next.

  4. 04.

    Wolf Lane Distillery - Navy Strength Gin

    State: Queensland

    TASTING NOTES:
    Herbs and spices, big and bold. Demonstrates nice balance and integration of flavours.

  5. 05.

    Imbue Distillery - Damson Gin

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Tawny orange colour, very intriguing nose of lifted pine, sumac and cardamom aromatics. Lovely acidity, drive and artistic direction. Wacky… but our kind of wacky. Well done, very brave execution.

  6. 06.

    Ester Spirits - The Dry Gin

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Pine, herbaceous characters. Beautifully balanced.

  7. 07.

    78 Degrees - Classic Gin

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Very pretty and delicately balanced nose. A stylish example of tradition and craft: oily, driven and powerful. A+ execution!

  8. 08.

    Storytellers Distillery - Volume 1: Australian Dry Gin

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Joyously fleshy and dense mid-palate with a high predominance of orris root and coriander seed. Beautifully delicate and floral and leaves a lasting impression of sweetness.

  9. 09.

    Poor Toms - Fool's Cut

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Powerful, dry with purity and persistence. Great example of high ABV and would be great in a classic or dirty martini.

  10. 10.

    KI Spirits -Mulberry Gin

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    A deep rich almost wine-like appearance. Beautiful integration of fruit and spirit.

  11. 11.

    Naught Distilling - Overproof Gin

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Herbaceous and gamey, interesting salinity, finishes dry and peppery.


Vodka

  1. 01.

    Karu Distillery - Morita Chipotle Vodka

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Earthy, generous vegetal nose. Palate follows through with more of the same. A super interesting direction. Cut lawn and capsicums.

  2. 02.

    Hobart Whisky - Triple Distilled Tasmanian Malt Vodka

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Lovely sweet aroma. Textural, grainy, almost phenolic. Delivers a warm dose of sweet and savoury, straight down the palate. Warm spices linger.

  3. 03.

    Hellfire Bluff - Potato vodka

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Warm and inviting on the nose. Oily, dense and generous texture. Nice weighty palate with a creamy finish. Tasty.

  4. 04.

    Heidi Weitjens King Island Distillery - King Island Ruby Vodka

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Sweet, oaky nose with a creamy palate of whipped honey. Gentle and warming.

  5. 05.

    Archie Rose Distilling Co. - Original Vodka

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Pristine nose. Clean, pure and clear palate. Warm wrap, alcohol up front but not offensive. Nice.


Whiskey

  1. 01.

    Archie Rose Distilling Co. - Single Malt Whisky

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    A beautifully integrated example of malt and oak. Young, volatile, and exciting with spice and heat on the finish and a clean bright malt-driven texture that marries the evident quality of ingredients with great attention to detail.

  2. 02.

    Sullivans Cove Single Malt Whisky - French Oak ex-Tawny Second Fill Single Cask

    State: Tasmania
  3. 03.

    MORRIS Whisky - Australian Single Malt Whisky Signature

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Bright and youthful. Creamy lactone characters with a pleasant herbal note throughout. Warming on the palate with a gentle finish. This is a wonderful new make right here!

  4. 04.

    78 Degrees - Australian Whiskey

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Tannic, interesting use of barrel selection here, leading to a rich almost English Breakfast Tea note with dense fruit cake and dried sultana filling out a promising young whisky.

  5. 05.

    Spirit Thief Distilling Co - American Oak Shiraz matured

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Dried apricot and warm sweetness. Christmas pudding spices. Clean, sharp finish.

  6. 06.

    Sullivans Cove Single Malt Whisky - Double Cask whisky

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Fresh straw gold, appealing fresh, bright nose. Lovely, velvety entry.

  7. 07.

    78 Degrees - Muscat Finish Whiskey

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Rich, full and warming. Some toasted, bread-like characters coming through. Almost banana bread-like on the nose with hints of raisin and spice.

  8. 08.

    MOUNTAIN - Whiskey (Red Gum Aged)

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Dry peat with sweet malt and balanced oak. Quite appealing. Youthful, clean and lightly oaked.

  9. 09.

    Hobart Whisky - Signature

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Spice, caramel and sultana. Appealingly full palate with length and drive right to the end.

  10. 10.

    78 Degrees - Native Grain Whiskey

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Cigar smoke. Well integrated freshness and texture lend complexity and intrigue.


Rum

  1. 01.

    New Norfolk Distillery - Misty Valley Silver Spirit

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Beautiful clarity on the nose; clean, fresh and vibrant palate weight and depth. Pristine execution. Kudos.

  2. 02.

    Capricorn - Pineapple Rum

    State: Queensland

    TASTING NOTES:
    Very interesting, lifted sherbet-like pineapple nose. Vibrant, fresh and driven. Clear artistic intent and pleasant finish. Light, bright and fun.

  3. 03.

    Brix Rum - Urban cane 2020 Harvest

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Nice nose, lots of earthy and green tones. Palate lingers. This is delicious!

  4. 04.

    JimmyRum - Navy

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Nice full nose with green vegetal characters shining through and picking up on the sweetness and a little floral character. Peppered mouthfeel. Clean lines end long.

  5. 05.

    Capricorn - Spiced Rum

    State: Queensland

    TASTING NOTES:
    Winter spices, a touch of caramel. Warm on the palate and interesting finish. A little funk makes this one nice and interesting.

  6. 06.

    New Norfolk Distillery - Near Horizon Spiced Rum

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Lemon honey vibes on the nose. The warming caramel and honey comes through strong, white pepper and a little heat. A nice expression.

  7. 07.

    Capricorn - Coffee Rum

    State: Queensland

    TASTING NOTES:
    Coffee! Nice warming spices, lots of flavour. Super cool and interesting expression of rum.


Brandy

  1. 01.

    Bass & Flinders Distillery - Ochre - Fine Brandy

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Lifted nose with nice citrus despite the obvious dried fruit vibe. Rich in the mouth. Smoky with some dustiness.

  2. 02.

    Pietro Gallus Estate - Grappa di Moscato

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Alluring fruit and roundness upfront on the nose, follows with sweet fruit, round on the palate with a pleasing finish.

  3. 03.

    Sullivans Cove XO Brandy - XO Double Cask Brandy

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Rich, full and alluring. Suggestion of vanilla and honey on the nose with a rich dried fruit Christmas pudding flavour on entry. Still a surprising amount of primary fruit character for its age. Classy.

  4. 04.

    78 Degrees - Apple Brandy

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Round and sweet nose. Sultanas and raisins. Reminiscent of calvados and more traditional European expressions of apple and pear brandy.


Liqueur

  1. 01.

    Wildbrumby - Wildbrumby Baked Apple Liqueur Schnapps

    State: New South Wales
  2. 02.

    Imperial Measures Distilling - Mandeaux Liqueur

    State: South Australia
  3. 03.

    New Norfolk Distillery - Martian Sky Coffee Liqueur

    State: Tasmania
  4. 04.

    Wolf Lane Distillery - The Barista

    State: Queensland
  5. 05.

    Pietro Gallus Estate - Limoncello Crema

    State: Victoria
  6. 06.

    Banks & Solander - Kumquatcello

    State: New South Wales
  7. 07.

    Hobart Whisky - Tasmanian Whisky Liqueur

    State: Tasmania
  8. 08.

    Marionette Liqueurs - Dry Cassis

    State: Victoria
  9. 09.

    Murrays Craft Brewing Co - Darkside Coffee Liqueur

    State: New South Wales
  10. 10.

    MORRIS Whisky - Australian Single Malt Whisky Muscat

    State: Victoria

Alternative

  1. 01.

    Never Never Distilling Co. - Stockholm Syndrome Aquavit

    State: South Australia
  2. 02.

    Needle and Pin Spirits - Smoked Pineapple

    State: South Australia
  3. 03.

    Murrays Craft Brewing Co - Hot Mocha Bitters

    State: New South Wales