Country Of Origin Australia
Size 700 ml
Four Pillars Distillery
|Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 44%||Country of origin: Australia||Bottle size: 700 ml|
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 distils Christmas puddings by putting them in the botanical basket of the Four Pillars still and distilling a base of juniper, cinnamon, star anise, coriander seed and angelica over the top of them. Four Pillars also have some 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 the 2017 release Cam also added a small amount of Four Pillars’ “own” Muscat that is maturing at the distillery in old puncheons that used to hold aged Pedro Ximenez in the Barossa Valley, so this year the gin might be even a little bit richer.
More than ever, 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. The result smells like gin and tastes like Christmas. With juniper-led Christmas tree notes and plum pudding character it Australian Christmas Gin
700ml Bottle Size. 43.8% Alc/Vol
Four Pillars Distillery: We established Four Pillars with a focus on gin. But great gin doesn’t just make itself.
We recognised that our real focus would need to be on the craft of distilling. But the story starts back in 2013 we embarked on a tour of the US West Coast, from Portland down to San Francisco, identifying distilling techniques and equipment we admired. What stood out above all to us was that all the gins we loved on our trip were made in a Carl still.
18 months later, we took delivery of our own custom-built still from Carl of Germany, and we 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 our unique approach of distilling our 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.
We hope you agree we’re on the right path. The judges at a number of prestigious international competitions must think so, as we've been awarded a Double Gold, Gold or Master status for all our mainstay gins in the past two years.
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