And the little golden statue for the International Gin Producer of the year goes to…
Four Pillars Distillery! Well it’s not quite the Oscars, but in the Wine and Spirits world it's bigger. The International Wine and Spirits Competition is the pinnacle in the drinks business, and to be awarded this top honour in front of your peers from around the globe is a huge achievement.
The award is not just in recognition of a single gin Four Pillars make, but a reflection of their gin business as a whole, from the three co-founders who still find the time to show punters around the distillery to the innovative approach that has delivered the likes of the Christmas Cake and Bloody Shiraz gins. From their sustainable approach to making gin, to the annual Christmas Revue which aims to raise money and awareness for causes close to their hearts.
We can’t possibly not mention the cocktails: the Four Pillars team, led by James Irvine their Creative Director of Gin Drinks, is owning this space. Irvine travels the world raising the Four Pillars profile, creating new cocktails and adding funky twists to local concoctions, all of which they happily share so you can lovingly recreate them at home. My recommendation would be The Bloody Sour, a classic shaken cocktail using the Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz gin that will blow your mind.
Following a year of trials, a new gin has been added to the Four Pillars core range. The Olive Leaf Gin uses 12 botanicals and is the first new core gin in five years. The fresh olive component is stunning. Deliciously savoury, textural and bright, it's ideal for any martini – Gibson, dirty or dry with a twist. For a longer drink, try it in a Spanish-inspired gintonic with rosemary and lemon.
12 X Gold Medal winner - you know this gin is good!
Four Pillars 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 but with great citrus, a truly modern Australian gin.
FREE Four Pillars Orange Marmalade with every bottle. A gin-steamed orange peel marmalade, deliciously fragrant and spicy.
Four Pillars Gin And Free Marmalade
NEW to the Four Pillars core range!
The Olive Leaf Gin uses 12 botanicals and is the first new core gin in five years.
The fresh olive component is stunning. Deliciously savoury, textural and bright, it's ideal for any martini – Gibson, dirty or dry with a twist. For a longer drink, try it in a Spanish-inspired gintonic with rosemary and lemon.
OLIVE LEAF GINTONIC
45ml Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin, 120ml tonic, fresh lemon, fresh rosemary
Serve in a large glass with layers of lemon and rosemary and plenty of ice.
OLIVE LEAF MARTINI
60ml Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin, 20ml Dry Vermouth, quality olive oil, Sicilian olives
Stir down gin and vermouth until desired dilution. Strain into frozen cocktail glass and garnish with four drops of quality olive oil, an expression of lemon oils and a side dish of Sicilian olives and lemon peel.