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

Lyre’s Classico Non Alcoholic Cocktail
96 points
Silver color. Aromas of lily, sweet lime, banana, candied pineapple, and coconut with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, sweet medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-long candied citrus and ginger and pineapple finish. A complex refresher that’s a dead ringer for Prosecco.
Lyre’s Italian Spritz Non-Alcoholic Spirit
95 points
Neon red color. Aromas and flavors of cherries and pomegranate, cola, and candied lemon and orange zest with saffron with a satiny, vibrant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, very long finish with notes of delicate herbs and coriander and exotic honeycomb. A pitch perfect take on the classic Italian red aperitif; Aperol fans take note.
Morris Rutherglen Muscat Barrel Finished Australian Single Malt Whisky
94 points
$90
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of polished oak and leather furniture, honeyed figs rolled in sugar and baking spices, pistachio and clove, and tim tam cookie with a round, crisp, dry medium-full body and a long finish that presents accents of spicy worchester and oak forward, garrigue, and kettle corn. An excellent Whisky that demonstrates world-class quality while maintaining Australian terroir.
Archie Rose Distillers Strength Gin
94 points
$74
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of deep fried pickle, lit lemongrass and palo santo candle, bbq sweet potato chip, and kelp and nori with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, very long finish that exhibits suggestions of juniper jelly on toasted pumpernickel, honeyed citrus and fruits, and sweet and peppery spices. A brooding and serene navy strength gin for contemplative cocktails.
Morris Rutherglen Muscat Barrel Finished Australian Single Malt Whisky
93 points
$90
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of german chocolate cake, baked cherries, raisin bran, and mixed berry compote with a velvety, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish manifesting notes of roast meat in a red berry reduction sauce, deep roasted malt, and chocolate malt balls. A complex, well aged, fruity, and savory whisky to sip and contemplate.
Lyre’s Italian Orange Non-Alcoholic Spirit
93 points
Dark red color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toasted herbs and spices, pomegranate and peppers, and beeswax with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, nuanced, very long finish evoking notes of candied orange zest, delicate bitter herbal lozenge, and hint of sweet pickle brine. A spot-on interpretation of a classic Italian red bitter liqueur that is a pleasure to drink on its own or in spirit free cocktails.
Lyre’s Amalfi Spritz Non Alcoholic Cocktail
93 points
Bright orange color. Aromas of sweet orange, crushed cardamom, and hints of fruit punch with a satiny, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length hints of bitter orange, grapefruit, and grassy gentian finish. A fresh, complex non-alcoholic cocktail for grown ups.
Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin
93 points
$34
Clear color. Inviting aromas and flavors of mango-sultana spice cake, BBQ sweet potato chip, rosemary herb muffin, and sappy pine and wax with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of vanilla banana milk and pound cake with juniper jam. A delightful Gin that will play nicely neat and in cocktails.
Archie Rose Rye Malt Whisky
93 points
$77
Bright amber color. Aromas and flavors of rye crisps with whole grain mustard, buckwheat porridge, ground ginger, chocolate malt milkshake, tarragon, violets, and caraway with a satiny, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long finish with notes of honey wheat toast and peppered honey finish. A full-flavor spice cabinet of a Whiskey with a creamy mouthfeel; style and character for days.
Archie Rose Six Malt New Make Whisky
93 points
$119
Clear color. Aromas of caramel-drizzled figs, brownie batter, guajillo pepper, and roasted coffee bean with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a charming, medium-length candied ginger, dried cherry, and tarragon finish. A wildly complex unaged whisky that offers the curious drinker a richly flavored cocktail ingredient; a finely crafted spirit that may be a fun and creative substitute for tequila.