WHAT IS IT?
This Australian-made gin is a a true Australian gin in taste having a perfect blend of citrus with spice. The use of whole Australian oranges in the distillation is unusual but as the oranges are highly aromatic, it supports the spicier botanicals like cardamom and star anise used in the distillation, which also adds rich fruitcake tones to the gin. The use of Tasmanian pepperberry leaf provides warmth rather than heat, and the lemon myrtle is a beautiful alternative to lemon peel. The result is a gin that is citrussy on the nose but leads to a dry kick on the palate and finish.
The gin has won various accolades all around the world, including Double Gold in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2014 and 2016, Silver in the London International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014, and Gold at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition in the year 2014.
Alcoholic strength - 41.8% ABV
WHO'S BEHIND IT?
Founded in the year 2013 by Stuart Gregor, Cameron Mackenzie and Matt Jones, the distillery itself is located in Healesville in Victoria. They established Four Pillars Distillery with a clear purpose in mind; to elevate the craft of distilling in Australia and celebrate the art of cocktail making. The Four Pillars is a reference to the four key elements underpinning their craft; their copper pot stills made by CARL in Germany (and called Wilma, Jude and Eileen), the water used in the distillation, the botanicals used to make the gin and last but not least, love; a commitment to their craft and attention to detail every step of the way.
Their first gin, the Rare Dry Gin was released in December 2013 with the aim of capturing the flavours of both Asia and the Mediterranean. This was followed shortly by their barrel aged gins and limited releases such as the Spiced Negroni gins from the Bartender Series.
HOW TO DRINK IT - SOME SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Try this in a Four Pillars & A Fizz: