Ten points if you can tell us what's pictured above... (answer at bottom of article) HINT:  Gin wouldn't be gin without it. 

We’ll level with you: we know that the made up calendar days are exactly that: made up.  But here’s the thing.  We don’t care. Here at Liquor Barons, we love our booze, and we'll take any excuse to tell you about it.

In honour of the VERY IMPORTANT WORLD GIN DAY, we bring you our top 5 gin picks…

Our Top 5 Gins:

Bombay Sapphire


Perhaps the most recogniseable bottle on shelves... the blue glass of Bombay Sapphire.  First released in 1987, the Sapph is triple distilled in a Carter-Head still (as opposed to a Copper-Head) rumoured to give the gin a lighter, more floral and refined character. With botanicals of coriander, liquorice, cassia bark, almonds, cubeb berries and West African grains of paradise (which are in addition to the classic juniper, angelicus & orris roots and citrus), it's hard to pass up for its spicy reliability and predictably sexy bottle colour.  Yep - we'll have one thanks.

Poor Toms

Image: Poor Toms Distillery in Sydney

Image: Poor Toms Distillery in Sydney

"We steep 10 botanicals in Australian wheat spirit, which is then distilled in our little German copper still. You'll notice a classic juniper backbone complimented by fresh green apple, native strawberry gum leaf, and chamomile. It is an easy drinking gin - delicate, fresh, and floral. Perfect in a strong G&T, a gin and soda, or a dry martini. For more delicious results, serve with a strawberry. "

Have you had an up-close moment with the epic label, designed by graphic designer Amy Donaldson and illustrator Iara Inomata (aka 'Isi')?  Maybe it's time you did ;) there's quite a bit going on.

"Sydney Dry is Poor Toms leading product. It glows with summer, tastes like nectar, and the label is an orgy scene.

Inspired by Hieronymus Bosch The Garden of Earthly Delights and following the theme of transition, the label portrays a bacchanalia of party people mixing with native Aussie animals indulging in a debaucherous and loose display.

The label...

The label...



How can one pass up Tanqueray? 

Answer: one can't.  It's so great.

Tanq keeps it simple with four classic hero botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica root and liquorice.  Although we'll let you in on something - the recipe is a closely guarded secret... so we bet there's more to this gin than just four botanicals.

If you've got the spare cash lying around why don't you try trading up to the Tanqueray 10.  It's lush on the rocks with a squeeze of ripe lime.  You heard it here first.



Hendrick's take kooky to a new level.  Whether they're hosting hot-air balloon days, serving G&T's in teacups, or introducing the world to a slice of cucumber instead of the trad lemon/lime... Hendrick's have been there and done that.  Famous for their rosewater and cucumber botanicals, the opportunities for mixing this gin are seemingly endless... that's why we love it.  For such a unique gin, it's certainly very versatile. Plus - we love the proprietary glass.  No liquor cabinet is complete without it.

Archie Rose Distiller’s Strength and Signature Dry

The bar at Archie Rose Distillery

The bar at Archie Rose Distillery

Coming out of Sydney (seems to be a lot of exciting spirit things springing from the loins of NSW) Archie Rose has made a great big bombie splash in WA. 

"Featuring Australian native botanicals including Lemon Myrtle, Blood Lime, River Mint and Dorrigo Pepperleaf, Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin is unique in the fact that all fourteen botanicals are individually distilled utilising one of three separate infusion points within a 300L copper pot still."  

Image:  (a good read - recommended)

Image:  (a good read - recommended)

At Archie Rose you can tailor your own spirits, and make a hero of your favourite botanicals.  Wish there was a rose gin?  Or ginger more your thing?  No worries at Archie Rose... they'll make you a gin to suit - and they'll even do you a custom label to commemorate the experience.  

Enjoy gin your way.... we'll enjoy it ours.

Your local store can show you the way

Also.... the answer?  We know you've already got it... but the answer is: 42.




The answer is Juniper.