Four Pillars Distillery
Four Pillars distillery was established with a focus on gin. But great gin doesn’t just make itself. They recognised that real focus would need to be on the craft of distilling. If they could elevate this area of expertise in Australia, and bring a modern Australian sensibility to the process, then maybe they could make a gin worth shouting about. Two years on and the portfolio incvludes five different gins, multiple gold medals at international spirits competitions and now a brand new distillery operation and tasting bar. But the story starts back in 2013 and a tour of the US West Coast, from Portland down to San Francisco, identifying distilling techniques and equipment they admired. What stood out above all to us was that all the gins we loved on the trip were made in a Carl still. 18 months later, they took delivery of their own custom-built still from Carl of Germany, and called her Wilma (after Cameron’s beautiful but explosively tempered late mother). And Wilma turned out to be amazing, drawing extraordinary botanical flavour from a combination of rare, native and traditional botanicals. She delivers an unbelievable purity of spirit (the gin comes out of Wilma at 93.5% ABV) despite their unique approach of distilling their benchmark Rare Dry Gin with fresh, juicy biodynamic and highly-aromatic oranges. And she has now been joined by her larger sister Jude, and significantly smaller sister Eileen - both also made by Carl. From Rare Dry Gin to Barrel Aged Gin to Navy Strength Gin to Orange Marmalade (made with the oranges that make the gin) everything is designed to elevate the craft of distilling in Australia.
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 clear peppery, dense raspberry character. The palate is lovely and sweet, with a long juniper and spice character on the finish.
Ideal in a range of cocktails.