Who’s behind Four Pillars Gin?

Four Pillars are Australia’s leading craft gin. Their home is the Yarra Valley, just 45 minutes from Australia’s food and drink capital Melbourne (and I’m so glad they’ve made the jump across to launch in London). Four Pillars make Modern Australian gin – a twist on the London Dry style – using classic botanicals like juniper, cardamom and coriander seed but also Aussie botanicals like lemon myrtle an Tasmanian pepper berry leaf. Plus they use whole oranges in every batch – around 4kg each time . . .and thus make the world’s best (and probably only) gin infused marmalade . . .

Where did it all start?

British Summer Craft Spirits and Cocktail Guide - Four Pillars Gin

Tt all began when Cameron Mackenzie and Stuart Gregor, both wine industry veterans, got talking about their next adventure and their love of gin made the decision pretty simple. It became possible to execute when the brainy Matt Jones came on board as the third pillar. Wilma (the copper distilling still) is still the crucial fourth pillar – she’s named after Cam’s mum.

What sets Four Pillars Gin apart?

You see, Australia is like no place on earth. And Melbourne is like no place in Australia. Full of history and hipsters. With a climate that shifts from cold English winters to hot Asian summers, and a culture shaped by layers of vibrant migrant cultures. And the Yarra Valley (just 60 minutes from Melbourne’s cool bars and laneways) is where urban Melbourne meets wine and produce country. And Healesville is the heart of the Yarra Valley.
So Four Pillars wants their gin to help tell this story of modern, emerging,
confident, creative, diverse, and extraordinary Australia to the world.
And now want to invite more and more gin and cocktail fans around the
world to share our passion for modern Australia and all she has to offer.

Awards won?

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Rare Dry Gin has been awarded medals at three prestigious international competitions in 2014: Double Gold in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Silver in the London International Wine & Spirits Competition, and most recently Gold at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition.

What’s in store for the future for Four Pillars Gin?

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In mid August 2015, Four Pillars will move into a glorious new home in Healesville, the central village of the Yarra Valley and one of Victoria’s regional food and drink meccas. Wilma, the gorgeous copper still, made by Carl in Germany will be joined by Jude (large) and Eileen (small) giving capacity and flexibility. The team want to spread the gospel about great Aussie spirits and particularly the sheer versatility and genius of gin throughout the world. Starting in the home of modern gin of course – the UK. So they’re basically looking to sell “coal to Newcastle”.

Tasting notes

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is spicy but with great citrus. They usie whole oranges which is unusual highly aromatic and supports the spicier botanicals like cardamom. The cinnamon and star anise add rich fruitcake tones, the Tasmanian pepperberry leaf provides warmth rather than heat, and the lemon myrtle is a beautiful alternative to lemon peel – hence the inclusion of flamed orange peel in the recipe below.

Serving Suggestions:


  • A Gentleman’s Friend

    30ml Four Pillars Gin

    30ml Gran Classico

    30ml Cynar

    Urban Moonshine Maple Bitters

    Flamed Orange Twist

Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Where can I buy Four Pillars Gin?

TAKING ON THE WORLD: In January 2015 Four Pillars took a whistle-stop world-tour taking in the USA, Germany and the UK. The net result? A big sister still for Wilma (Jude) and a micro-still (Eileen) on order from CARL in Stuttgart; an import/distribution deal with Liberty Wines in the UK; and the start of discussions in America. 2015 will be the year Four Pillars builds on its success in Australia and takes it to the world.