Four Pillars Gin

The world of gin is all the richer with the launch of Four Pillars Gin, a modern Australian rare dry gin distilled in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.

Four Pillars Gin
Four Pillars Gin Martini

Small batch production, locally sourced ingredients and a new world style give the spirit a stand out identity.

Four Pillars Gin is owned by Stuart Gregor, Cameron Mackenzie and Matt Jones whose aim was to create a rare dry gin inspired by Australian botanicals.

The gin is distilled in a German-made copper still named Wilma, using grain spirit and ten botanicals: juniper berries, lemon myrtle, Tasmanian pepper berry leaf, coriander seeds, cardamom pods, cinnamon, lavender, star anise, angelica and fresh oranges. Nine  botanicals are distilled together in the pot while the fresh oranges go separately in a botanical basket.

Four Pillars Gin
Four Pillars Gin & Quina-Fina Tonic

Soft citrus is evident on the nose along with some spice and a hint of juniper. “Juniper is the canvas but not the dominant botanical,” distiller Cameron Mackenzie explains. The gin is equally soft and smooth on the palate and does not have the alcohol burn for its ABV of 41.8%. The lavender adds floral lift which becomes more evident as you sip. The liquid mellows in the glass with a creamy mouthfeel and a sweet finish attributed to the use of fresh orange, lemon myrtle and the purity of alcohol.

Four Pillars Gin goes very well in a G&T, made with 45ml of Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin topped with Quina Fina Tonic Water and garnished with a ruby red grapefruit and a Martini, made with 60ml of Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, 30 ml of Dolin Dry Vermouth shaken with ice, double strained and garnished with a twist of orange. The recommended serve is a Negroni made with 45ml of Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, 45 ml Campari and 45 ml of Red Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino.

Four Pillars Gin
L-R: James France (Vanguard Luxury Brands), Stuart Gregor (Four Pillars Gin), Cameron Mackenzie (Four Pillars Gin)

Four Pillars Gin plan to produce an Old Tom-style barrel-aged gin then a sloe gin in the near future. The gin is distributed though Vanguard Luxury Brands and is available online and through selected liquor retailers for RRP $70.

Four Pillars Gin was launched at The Rook on Monday December 9, 2013.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.