One of the few craft gins made in Australia, Four Pillars was founded in 2013 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 want to produce the best craft spirits Australia has to offer.
The name Four Pillars was chosen as a reflection of their still, the water, the botanicals and their passion for craft. In many ways all four are not just well represented and apparent in the end product, they also lay a great foundation for future developments and other gins the team may want to produce. Four Pillars Gin is now sold in leading retailers and the best bars across Australia, and has been available in the UK since October 2014.
The Four Pillars team’s initial focus was to establish their Rare Dry Gin, but they have since launched a plethora of spirits. There’s Barrel-Aged Gin and Navy Strength Gin in the range, and a Bartender Series featuring Spiced Negroni Gin and, in another ode to the land, Modern Australian Gin. The team will soon focus on making an Old Tom Barrel-Aged Gin, a Sloe Gin and there are rumours down the grape vine of a couple of other exciting projects as well.
This gin was originally the result of a conversation between Four Pillars' distiller, Cameron and Jason Williams - then Manager of Sydney bars including The Rook and one of the World’s Top Ten Bartenders - back in 2014. They wanted to create a gin specifically for the Negroni. Something to cut through the Campari and vermouth. And as the Negroni has always been a favourite at Four Pillars, Cameron jumped at the chance to make the first collaboration in their Bartender Series - a tribute to the very definition of a perfectly balanced cocktail.
First, they took the base botanicals used in their Rare Dry gin and upped the amount of Tasmanian pepperberry leaf and cinnamon. Then they added an exotic West African spice called Grains of Paradise. This is one of the most unusual spices in the world, with clove and sichuan characters. But although very powerful, the spice tends to glow rather than become hot. They also decided to use beautiful organic blood oranges in the botanical basket, as well as some ginger. These wonderfully fragrant fresh botanicals help lift the spice to another level.
Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin is a highly aromatic, rich and spicy gin with great power and intensity. Richly spiced, with the cinnamon and ginger standing out rather festively.
Juniper berries, lemon myrtle, Tasmanian pepper berry, cinnamon, star anise, whole organic oranges, and grains of paradise.
Negroni! Mediterranean/herbal tonic garnished with a clove studded orange wheel.
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Name Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin Country Australia Region Yarra Valley, Victoria ABV% 43.8% Size 700ml Dietary Information No