Four Pillars, created in 2013, is a craft distillery located in the Yarra Valley – close to Melbourne – and uses a CARL copper pot still called Wilma to produce its Dry Gin. Funded through Pozible – an Australian version of Kickstarter – Four Pillars is the brainchild of wine making and marketing duo Stuart Gregor and Cameron Mackenzie and brand guru Matt Jones, who wish to produce the best craft spirits Australia has to offer.
Four Pillars Gin -
Four Pillars Gin includes 10 botanicals – juniper berries, coriander seeds, cardamom pods, lemon myrtle, Tasmanian pepper berry leaf, cinnamon, lavender, angelica, star anise and both dried orange peel as well as fresh oranges.
To taste, the Tasmanian pepper berry leaf adds warmth rather than piquancy while lemon myrtle is a unique alternative to lemon peel. The team describes the botanical contents and the desired flavour profile as trying to deliver the best of both worlds – a classic gin but also something that would intrigue even the most hardened gin fanatic. To a large extent, we feel they have achieved this. Juniper is clearly there, alongside an array of traditional flavours but the slight twists really add new depth. The end product is genuinely a different take on gin.
Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin -
Four Pillars' 58.8% ABV gin is made with an addition of 'Judy's Everbearing' finger limes and organic oranges. Due to the seasonal nature of these fruits, just one edition of the Navy Strength is released each year.
Coriander and star anise are hefted to the fore by the lime and given a new depth with the addition of fresh ginger and turmeric. The resulting spirit is an enchantingly juicy, fragrant gin that any connoisseur would be proud to own.