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Australian gin-lovers can find two new entrants to the market this week, with Larrikin Gin introducing its new Cherry Lush and The Gin Society bringing in Juno Gin from across the ditch.

Ballarat-based Larrikin Gin is adding a new fruitiness to its Scoundrel gin, with a blend Morello and sweet cherries as part of its Cherry Lush seasonal release.

The ruby red gin is bottled at 28 per cent and is fit for a Christmas in July celebration this winter. Both the Morello and cherries are locally sourced from the Red Hill Cherry Farm in Victoria.

“Our Cherry Lush is one of those sinful indulgences that you want to share but it’s so hard too! Then again, you deserve a lush reward now and then, right?” said Larrikin Gin master distiller Scott Wilson-Browne.

Cherry Lush is avalable online and selected retail outlets with an RRP of $85.00.

Meanwhile, Australian gin subscription club Gin Society has brought over Juno Extra Fine Gin from Mount Taranaki in New Plymouth as its fifth release. The gin was recognised at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2018, winning silver, as well as silver at the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Awards in Hong Kong.

Created by husband and wife team Jo and Dave James, owners of BeGin Distilling Co, the Juno Extra Fine Gin uses locally sourced botanicals and blends fresh New Zealand mountain water for a gin that has a “citrus sparkle and peppery heat to finish”.

“We're excited to bring such a rare and remarkable gin to our members, an experience they wouldn't otherwise get in Australia,” said Gin Society founder Andrew Burge.

“As well as its exceptional taste, the Juno story is such a compelling one – from the partnership between Jo and Dave, to their commitment to the local industry and natural environment.”

The Gin Society is a bimonthly subscription that has its chosen gin accompanied by a Gin Journal magazine.

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