The results are in and we’re excited to announce that Hickson Road Australian Dry Gin from the new Hickson House Distillery in The Rocks has taken out the top spot in our third Bartender Magazine Hottest 100 Aussie Spirits Countdown. Lots of these brands will be on show at the Indie Spirits Tasting at the Potts Point Hotel tomorrow as part of Sydney Bar Week.
This distillery and bar opened back in 2021 from the Barrelhouse Group (Mike Enright & Julian Train), the team behind the likes of The Barber Shop and the Duke of Clarence. The story started years ago, most likely over a pint, when Mikey Enright first talked to Tim Stones, ex-global Beefeater ambassador and previous head distiller at Manly Spirits. Years may have passed between The Barber Shop opening and a fateful, hungover morning at Tales of the Cocktail in 2016, where the two managed to finally sit down at the Ace Hotel and start imagining what they could achieve together. And now they have taken out the top spot in this annual countdown, as voted by you! They now have a $10K marketing budget to spend with us at Australian Bartender.
So how did we get to this Top 10? Earlier this year we put out the call for distilleries to nominate their brands. Then we got you guys to vote. We had thousands of votes roll in and now we have the Top 100 in order.
Hickson Road Australian Dry Gin
Influenced by the traditional London Dry style gin, featuring juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, orris root, liquorice root, orange peel, Oolong tea, Australian native thyme, finger lime and aniseed myrtle. Makes for a delicious citrusy martini.
Juniper, Coriander seed, Angelica Root, Orris Root, Liquorice Root, Orange peel, Oolong Tea, Native thyme, Finger lime, Aniseed myrtle
AROMA Juniper-forward followed by sherbet-like citrus and herbal notes
FLAVOUR Round and complex, juicy citrus with herbal aniseed leading into a lingering earthy finish
FINISH Vibrant palate coating viscosity. Bright, citrusy, savoury and moreish
So how did we get to this Top 10? Earlier this year we put out the call for distilleries to nominate their brands. Then we got you guys to vote. We had 8000 votes roll in and we announced the top 100 live on Facebook at 6pm live from Piccolo Bar in Kings Cross.
Here is the Top 100 in order:
This event is part of the 5-day Sydney Bar Week line-up (3-7 September).
Sunday, 4th September
1pm – 4pm
The Potts Point Hotel
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