Since I published the first instalment of ‘The Genius of Craft Gin Producers’ I have spoken to many people about this fascinating topic. Amazingly gin appeals to a broad demographic of age groups because it is such a versatile spirit. I also feel in a world dominated by obesity and excessive alcohol consumption this can be a lighter alternative than beers or wines. Certainly less is more with a beverage of this quality. Even mixed with soda water the botanical flavour fusions can still be massively appreciated. In my opinion this is the perfect thirst quenching solution for a lovely summer evening with good friends.

Here are five more innovative distilleries that are really pushing the boundaries of fine craft gin making.

Four Pillars Gin

Four Pillars Gin is micro gin company located in the Melbourne suburb of Healesville, Victoria, Australia. The business was established in 2013 by good friends Cam, Matt, Stu and Wilma. Over the last four years the brand has massively expanded and now has retail outlets in regions like Hong Kong, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, UK etc. They have also won Double Gold Medals (2014 & 2016) for their amazing Rare Dry Gin at the prestigious San Francisco International Spirits Competition. However, if you want to really enjoy the festive season this year I would highly recommend their phenomenal Australian Christmas Gin.

For more information about Four Pillars Gin visit the company’s website:

Stone Pine Distillery

Stone Pine Distillery is a small brand situated in the heart of Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. The business is the brainchild of former publican Bev and biochemist Ian Glen. In 2006 they made a life changing decision to relocate from Edinburgh to establish the regions first micro distillery. Their headquarters are located on a large homestead and are named after a large stone pine tree that occupies the front lawn. Within the range they offer several distinctive spirits including a gourmet black truffle infused gin.

For more information about Stone Pine Distillery visit the company’s website:

Melbourne Gin Company

The Melbourne Gin Company is located in the suburb of Gembrook, Victoria, in Australia. Impressively the headquarters offer panoramic views of the Yarra Valley and surrounding vineyards. The creative powerhouse behind this project is dynamic winemaker Andrew Marks. With a meticulous attention to detail Andrew individually distills each botanical in artisan copper-pot stills to achieve the maximum flavours. Certainly their phenomenal Dry Gin is a spirit that needs to be savored.

For more information about Melbourne Gin Company visit the company’s website:

Archie Rose Distilling Co.

Archie Rose Distilling Co. is situated in Rosebery, New South Wales, Australia. The business is the brainchild of Will Edwards who was inspired by many global craft distillers. What makes the company so unique is that they offer a specialist tailored spirit service. Essentially this means you create an exclusive whiskey, vodka or gin. Via the website you can combine a wide variety of different botanicals to create exactly the flavor required. I opted for a fusion called the ‘Full Bloom’ which delicately combines Oris Root, local honey and Rose petal.

For more information about Archie Rose visit the company’s website:

Dancing Sands

Dancing Sands is a small micro distillery that operates from Golden Bay and Wellington, in New Zealand. The business is owned by enigmatic married couple Ben and Sarah Bonoma. Combing creative and more conventional disciplined styles the duo have created exactly the right balance. To produce all their exclusive gin, they use a 150 litre Jacob Carl copper Still that was made in Germany. Within their products there are several unusual ones including a vibrant yellow Saffron gin and remarkable Chocolate gin.

For more information about Dancing Sands visit the company’s website: