Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin

Following the successful launch of Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, Four Pillars craft distillery in Australia’s Yarra Valley has released Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin.

Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin

Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin

The Gunpowder Proof gin is made using similar methods to the Rare Dry Gin but with halving the amount of fresh oranges and replacing it with native finger limes from Byron Bay. Fresh ginger is also added to augment the spice along with fresh turmeric for a touch of earthiness.

“Gunpowder Proof” gin derives its name from the Royal Navy days in the 18th century when gin rations were kept on board naval ships. The gin was often stored near the gunpowder, and if the spirit had spilled onto it and it failed to light, it was deemed to be inferior and diluted gin and not at the minimum 114 proof of 57% ABV.

Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin is bottled at 58.8 % ABV and unlike its older sibling, it has pronounced aromas of juniper and citrus lime, with a little nose burn from the ABV. On the palate, it explodes with a zesty and fresh flavour of citrus and juniper, Asian spice and earthiness on the finish. If you find the Rare Dry Gin lacking in juniper punch and a little on the sweeter side, you’ll enjoy this Navy Strength Gin. Sip it neat to appreciate the flavours before using it in cocktails.

How to Drink Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin

Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin goes well in a Gimlet (gin, Rose’s lime juice and lime), South Side Fizz (gin, lime, sugar, mint, soda) and simply in a Gin and Tonic garnished with shavings of ginger.

We like it in a dry Dirty Martini, served very chilled, with a whisper of vermouth and olive brine.

Dirty Martini with Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin

Ingredients (for One)
60ml Four Pillars Gunpowder Proof Gin
10ml Dry Vermouth such as Noilly Prat
1/2 bar spoon of olive brine
3 Sicilian olives

Chill your Martini glass and mixing glass in the freezer for 10 minutes.
In the mixing glass, add the gin, vermouth and olive brine. Add ice. Stir then strain into a chilled Martini glass.
Garnish with 3 olives.

The Four Pillars Gin Family

Four Pillars Gin
Four Pillars Gin Family

In addition to the Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, the distillery produces Four Pillars Barrel Aged Gin, an Old Tom style of gin that has been barrel aged for 5-6 months in ex Chardonnay barrels. A complex gin that is very dry on palate from the time it spends in oak, the flavours unfold in the glass with oak, sweet spice, cinnamon and ginger. Sip iy on ice with bitters and orange. It goes well in an Old Fashion cocktail, or drink with ice and a drop of honey.

From the Bartender Series, Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin is a collaboration between Four Pillars distillery and The Rook bar in Sydney. Created specifically for the Spiced Negroni, the 43.8% ABV spirit is very smooth yet big on spice, namely cinnamon, clove, ginger and black pepper. Aside from making an excellent Spiced Negroni, it is a  warming, sipping gin that reminds you of Christmas.


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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.