About Australian Spirits

About Australian Spirits
There are numerous types of spirits produced in Australia, from fruit, honey and coffee liqueurs to vodka to single malt whiskeys. While the industry is not well known, it is growing in leaps and bounds and recently, there has been a lot of publicity for the single malts produced in the southern island of Tasmania.

Look for more spirits and liqueurs from Australia to hit the US market and receive much more media attention.

Top Picks for Australia

Inner Circle Green Dot Rum
95 points
$75
Gold color. Bold, complex, phenolic aromas of rubber cement, scorched copper, grilled fruits and nuts, and burnt sugar with a supple, racy, dryish medium-full body and a hot, distinctive, long caramelized nuts, dried fruits, and mocha finish. A fiery and brash overproof rum that brings a lot of flavor and potstill character to the cocktail table; try with a splash or two of water to calm the fire.
Beenleigh 5 Year Old Double Barrel Rum
93 points
$60
Bright amber color. Rich, attractive, fruity aromas of bananas foster, chocolate cherry and nuts, and mocha buttercream with a velvety, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cream brulee, white toffee, cherry cola, and peppermint finish. A nicely confected dark rum for mixing.
Crawley’s Spiced Honey Apple Syrup
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Opaque sedimentary amber color. Lively, nutty, fruity aromas of gingerbread, zucchini-apple bread, and delicate brown spices with a supple, soft, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long pure clover honey and cinnamon finish. A great spiced apple syrup that really cranks up the volume and midrange of a whisky-based cocktail like a whisky smash.
92 points $20 Best Buy
McHenry Barrel Aged Gin
90 points
$30
Slivery straw color. Lively, attractive, spicy creamy aromas and flavors of spiced meringue and nougat, coconut creme brulee, peach scone, and floral juniper with a satiny, soft, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long sarsaparilla float, white chocolate graham crackers, peppercorns, and delicate herbs finish. A delicious, harmonious marriage of fruity gin and creamy spicy oak.
Crawley’s Burnt Orange & Vanilla Syrup
89 points
$20
Best Buy
Opaque sedimentary golden amber color. Mild, fruity aromas and flavors of baked orange, dark caramel drizzled mango, and vanilla pudding with a soft, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-full body and a tingling, captivating, buoyant finish. A flavorful, well made syrup that brings a delicious, confectionary orange character to plot of a clever cocktail.
89 points $20 Best Buy
McHenry "Puer" Triple Distilled Vodka
89 points
$43.99
Clear color. Bright, grainy aromas and flavors of grain sack and flour, carob, clay, and baked nectarine with an even, soft, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long date cookie, wheat cracker, pepper, and chocolate skim milk finish. An interesting combination of sweet grain and creamy notes like a white whisky that will yield excellent cocktail possibilities.
89 points $43.99
Crawley’s Bartender Orgeat Syrup
88 points
$20
Best Buy
Cloudy slivery straw color. Mild, oily aromas and flavors of almond oil, crushed whole nuts, cherry pit, and suede with a soft, fruity sweet medium-full body and a smooth, easy honey, horchata, and wax finish. A purely, mellow, nicely balanced almond syrup that pops nicely in cocktails.
88 points $20 Best Buy
McHenry Classic Dry Gin
86 points
$20
Clear color. Mild, boozy, herbal phenolic rubbery aromas and flavors of licorice and orange gelatin candies and spiced cherries and berries with a satiny, soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length pepper dust and juniper spice jelly on lemon scone finish. A rather candied, orange and licorice driven gin that should appeal to vodka drinkers.
McHenry Navy Strength Gin
85 points
$30
Clear color. Mild, citrusy, fruity sweet waxy aromas and flavors of white chocolate nut brittle, raisin bran muffin and anise, coconut oil on cucumber, and latex paint with a velvety, bright, fruity medium body and a hot, compelling, bark, white pepper, spiced dried fruits, and minerals finish. A sturdy, high-proof gin for cocktails.
Beenleigh Copper Pot Rum
85 points
$50
Bright gold color. Delicate, minerally, curious aromas of mocha, rubber inner tube, grilled banana, and umami dried mushrooms and chestnuts with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, breezy roasted almond milk, straw, pepper, and minerals finish. An interesting combination of mellow creamy cane and nuanced potstill notes.