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Classic Dry Gins

MGC Dry Gin 42% alc., Yarra Valley, Vic, $70
On its own, this was one of the best gins in the tasting: a properly dry, superbly well-balanced and delicate aromatic mélange of subtle juniper, grapefruit and rosemary. "A really 'ginny' gin," said Luke. "A very good 'New World' style." But, oddly, we found it didn't work with tonic - it was swamped - and it made a rather plain Martini. Perhaps with different mixers it would be better.


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Best Australian gins

The local gin craze is in full swing. Max Allen taste-tests the nation's offerings with bartender Luke Ashton, from traditional dry to radical botanical.

Read more about their Australian gin taste-test process here.

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