How to Choose the Perfect Gin to Gift: A Thoughtful Guide

How to Choose the Perfect Gin to Gift: A Thoughtful Guide

How to Choose the Perfect Gin to Gift: A Thoughtful Guide

Choosing the perfect gift can be a delightful but sometimes challenging process, especially when it comes to someone with discerning tastes or who seems to have it all. For those seeking a thoughtful and personalised gift, look no further than the gift of gin, particularly a premium Australian gin. In this guide by Big Tree Distillery, we'll help you navigate the art of selecting the perfect gin gift.

Big Tree Distillery's Story

Before we dive into the intricacies of choosing the right gin, let us provide a glimpse into the origins of Big Tree Distillery. Established in 2016, our journey began with a simple vision: crafting a premium Australian gin that was not only a delight to the taste buds but also a work of art in terms of bottle design. Our signature gins boast traditional yet unique flavour profiles, featuring botanicals like juniper, organic oranges, coriander, star anise, and cardamom.

Our commitment to artistry extends to our bottle design, each one adorned with exquisite illustrations by local botanical artists, showcasing Australia's flora, fauna, and the very botanicals that infuse our gins. Moreover, our distillery garden thrives with plants that grace our bottles, attracting enchanting birds like the New Holland Honeyeater, Blue Fairy-wren, and small Eastern Spinebill.

Our Guide to Gifting the Perfect Gin

1. Get to Know the Recipient's Preferences:

When selecting the ideal gin gift, understanding the recipient's preferences is key. Consider factors such as their favourite cocktails, preferred flavour profiles (e.g., floral, citrus, herbal), tonic or soda water preference, taste for classic or experimental gins, and affinity for gin liqueurs. This knowledge forms the foundation of your choice.

2. Explore Gin Styles:

Gin is a versatile spirit, with various styles to explore:

  • London Dry Gin: Known for its juniper-forward flavour, ideal for classic gin enthusiasts.
  • Old Tom Gin: A sweeter, botanical-driven style popular in the 18th century.
  • Contemporary Gins: Less emphasis on juniper, offering diverse botanical flavours.
  • Navy Strength Gins: Robust, high-proof gins with intense botanical notes.
  • Barrel-Aged Gins: Aged for complexity, perfect for sipping or cocktails.
  • Botanical and Fruit-Based Gins: Focusing on specific botanicals or fruit-forward flavours.
  • Gin Liqueurs: Rich and syrupy, offering fortified fruit flavours.

The choice depends on personal taste and the intended use, be it classic cocktails, modern creations, or sipping neat.

3. Consider the Occasion:

Tailor your gin gift to the occasion, such as birthdays, anniversaries, or special milestones. Premium gins or aged varieties can be fitting choices.

4. Understand Botanicals and Flavours:

Dive into the botanicals used in gin production and their flavour contributions. Learn the key flavour notes associated with various botanicals (e.g. juniper, citrus, coriander) to cater to different palates.

5. Research and Reviews:

Explore gin brands and read trusted reviews to gauge quality. Big Tree Distillery, for instance, has received international acclaim for its exceptional gins.

6. Set a Budget: 

Gins come in various price ranges, so set a budget that suits your preferences and the recipient's tastes.

7. Presentation Matters:

Some gins come in beautifully designed bottles or gift sets, enhancing the overall gifting experience.

8. Support Local Distilleries:

Consider exploring local and craft gin distilleries. Opting for Australian gin over mainstream brands supports local businesses and offers unique flavours.

9. Personalise Your Gift:

Add a personal touch with a handwritten note or by pairing your gin gift with mixers or garnishes.


Choosing the perfect gin gift is an art, and it's a journey worth savouring. Take your time, consider the recipient's preferences, and select a gin that will be cherished and enjoyed. We invite you to share your own experiences and tips on our Facebook and Instagram pages. For more information on our range of gins and additional gift ideas, explore our Big Tree Distillery website. Thank you for joining us on this thoughtful and enjoyable exploration of gin gifting.

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