Four Pillars Gin is a small Australian gin distillery in Healesville, Yarra Valley.
Our passion for gin is driven by our desire to elevate the craft of distilling and celebrate the art of cocktail making. Everything we make is crafted on four pillars: our magnificent copper pot stills; the best water in the world from our home in the Yarra; an equal mix of great local and exotic botanicals; and, a commitment to craft and attention to detail every step of the way
Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin
Our Rare Dry Gin is crafted to deliver the best of all worlds: a perfect, classic gin and also something that would fascinate and delight even the most hardened gin fanatic.
It’s spicy with great citrus. The Tasmanian pepperberry leaf is brilliant on the palate, giving us warmth rather than heat, and the lemon myrtle is a beautiful, complex and unique alternative to lemon peel. We’re using whole oranges which is unusual, but Australian citrus is highly aromatic and supports the spicier botanicals like coriander, cardamom and star anise.
Our Rare Dry Gin has been awarded medals at prestigious international competitions around the world including the most recent Double Gold at New York World Spirits Competition 2017, Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2016 and 2014, Gold
at the Global Gin Masters in 2016, and Gold at the Hong Kong IWSC in 2014.
Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin
One day our distiller Cam asked himself, what would happen when you combine Four Pillars Gin with some of the best Shiraz grapes in Australia?
So each year we take some Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes and steep them in gin for eight weeks. The fruit is de-stemmed, the berries are kept whole and the tanks are stirred daily. Then we press the fruit before blending with more Rare Dry Gin. The resulting gin has an incredibly rich, deep purple colour, which turns iridescent pink when mixed with tonic or soda. Aromatically it has fresh pine needles, citrus and spice, and a peppery, dense raspberry character. The palate
is lovely and sweet, with a long juniper and spice character on the finish.
Unlike Sloe Gin, the alcohol is 37.8% (rather than less than 30%) so it packs a punch and is ideal in a range of cocktails. Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin is best consumed within two years of vintage. The gin is unfiltered and will develop secondary fruit characters beyond two years.
Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin
This gin began as a conversation between Cameron (our distiller) and Jason Williams (one of the world’s best bartenders) - they wanted to create a gin specifically for the Negroni. Something to cut through the Campari and vermouth. And so the first release in our Bartender Series was born. Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin is a highly aromatic, rich and (yes) spicy gin with great power and intensity. First, we upped the amount of Tasmanian pepperberry leaf and cinnamon. Then we added an exotic West African spice called Grains of Paradise, with clove and sichuan characters. It is powerful, but the spice tends to glow rather than become hot.
We also use organic blood oranges in the botanical basket, as well as some ginger, and these
wonderfully fragrant fresh botanicals help lift the spice to another level. Finally, we open up the plates in the column to add weight and intensity to the gin. Trust us, it sure makes a mean Negroni.
Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin
For our Navy Strength Gin, we decided to add fresh native finger limes from Northeastern Australia, along with our beautiful organic oranges. This means we undertake a frenzy of distilling when these beauties are in season.
The finger limes highlight the Asian spices like coriander and star anise, and are complemented by the addition of fresh ginger. Finally, fresh turmeric adds an earthy quality, not unlike dill, and weight to the palate. The resulting gin is intense, but still very clean. We think it works perfectly in a simple G&T, or a classic gimlet.
Our Navy Strength Gin has received prestigious accolades around the world, including Best Gin in Show at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition 2016, and Master status at the Global Gin Masters 2015, 2016 and 2017!
But beware, at 58.8% alcohol by volume (118 proof) it packs a serious Navy-style punch.