Four Pillars Christmas Gin 2019 700ml
Four Pillars Australian Christmas Gin is a once a year limited edition Christmas offering by Four Pillars Distillery in Healesville Victoria.
When Cam was growing up his late mum, Wilma would make Christmas puddings on Derby Day while the rest of the family watched the races. So now each year, on Derby Day, Cam distills Christmas puddings by putting them in the botanical basket of our still and distilling a base of juniper, cinnamon, star anise, coriander seed and angelica over the top of them.
Four Pillars have gin ageing in several 100+ year old Muscat barrels, including two 125-year-old ex-William Grants whisky barrels that, prior to arriving at Healesville, stored Rutherglen Muscat for 80 years. Cam blends this gin with the Christmas pudding gin and to finish, adds a slight tweak of Classic Rutherglen Muscat to round out the palate and add a touch of richness.
For this 2019 release Four Pillars have again added a small amount of their ‘own’ Muscat that is maturing at the distillery in old puncheons that used to hold aged Pedro Ximenez in the Barossa Valley, making the gin that little bit richer.
The resulting gin smells like gin and tastes like Christmas. Aromatics of classic juniper and a hint of cinnamon, backed up with a rich, luscious palate with a hint of sweetness from the Muscat and richness from the extended barrel ageing.
We think Four Pillars Christmas Gin is perfect sipped neat or poured over your pudding, but if you’re looking to try something more creative, try this ‘Cobbler’ recipe, created by Four Pillars Creative Director of Gin Drinks, James Irvine.
Four Pillars Christmas Gin Cobbler
50ml Four Pillars Christmas Gin
25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
15ml Fino Sherry or Dry Vermouth
10ml Sugar Syrup (1:1)
Add ingredients over ice in a Collins glass. Garnish wiht mint sprig, orange, berries and lightly dust with icing sugar.
We reckon this limited stock Christmas Gin is yummy as and will not last long.
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