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These Are The Best Craft Distilleries In Australia

Whether you love a good whisky, rum, vodka or gin, you’re in luck. In the past couple of years there’s been a resurgence of craft spirit distilleries across Australia. Whether you’d like to taste your way through a flight, go on a distillery tour or buy a whole bottle to take home, these are the top craft distilleries that’ll bring back your love of spirits.

Archie Rose Distilling Co.

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Opening in 2015, Archie Rose Distilling Co. was the first independent distilling company in more than 200 years. Not just a factory-like production, Archie Rose has opened its doors as a classy bar where you can drink a top shelf gin, rye or vodka made on site. Can’t decide? Go for the Archie Rose Distilling Co. flight for $15 where you can try them all.

For those who prefer not to order drinks neat or on the rocks, there’s a range of boutique cocktails and classics. If you’re a sucker for a good G&T, don’t miss this one. Made with their Signature Dry Gin, the liquor is topped with a craft Bush Tonic that boasts ingredients like lemon myrtle and local honey.

If you’d like to meet the distillers and take a walk behind the scenes, tours run three times a day on weekends and once at night on weekdays.

85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery, 2018.


Four Pillars

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This Yarra Valley distillery is not afraid to experiment with their world class gins. The result? A Bloody Shiraz Gin and a Spiced Negroni Gin you’ll be dying to try. Even Four Pillars‘ more standard gin collection has its own unique touch, including their Modern Australian Gin and savoury Spanish-Australian gin.

If you’re looking to visit and try a few, the distillery is located just an hour out of Melbourne in the scenic Yarra Valley. If you can’t make it to the Yarra, you can order their gin online along with other cocktail tools and kits for the perfect homemade cocktails.

2A Old Lilydale Roadd, Healesville, 377.


Hippocampus

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If you prefer your spirits to be more traditional in style, then head to West Perth and sample Hippocampus’ artisan gin or vodka. For those interested in learning the tricks of the trade, every Wednesday night Hippocampus holds a Spirit School where you can learn anything from the history to the distilling process and of course, a guided tasting. For those who prefer to learn by tasting, their bottles are available from the cellar door or online.

19 Gordon Street, West Perth, 6005.


Mt Uncle Distillery

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If you want to try a gin, rum, vodka or whisky from Mt Uncle Distillery, the best thing to do is book yourself a trip to Cairns. The first and only North Queensland distillery boasts a range of fine craft spirits which you can try at their beautiful grounds next to a banana plantation.

Want something a little different from the average spirit? Try their Platinum Cane Spirit, made from local sugar cane syrup or their Marshmallow Liqueur called SexyCat.

1819 Chewko Road, Walkamin, 4872.


Lark Distillery

If you’re looking for top notch whisky, Tasmania is the destination for you. With the perfect climate and environment for the distilling process, Lark Distillery specialises in whisky while also dabbling in fine gin, rum and even a whisky liqueur.

Lark is the perfect place to learn more about the coveted liquor, hosting in-depth tours for three-hours or a full day for a more premium experience. If you’re short on time but want to find out a little more, Lark hosts an array of classes like Whisky 101 and Whisky and Beer Matching events.

If you can’t make it down south to Tasmania, they ship their fine collection to other states. Win!

14 Davey St, Hobart,  7000.

Published 23 June, 2017