Derby Day weekend has always been important for Four Pillars Gin
Derby Day weekend 2016 marks our distillery door’s first birthday. It also marks a new tradition for Four Pillars Gin: the annual release of our Australian Christmas Gin.
This gin is Cam's tribute to four things he loves: Australia, Christmas, gin and his late mum, Wilma.
Each year Wilma would use the 1968 Australian Women’s Weekly recipe to make her puds on Victoria Derby Day, while the rest of the family watched the races. To this day, one of Cam's great childhood memories is how his house would smell like Christmas over Cup weekend.
So a couple of years ago, on Derby Day, Cam distilled Christmas puddings made to her recipe 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.
He was also working on a gin aged in 125-year-old ex-Grants Whisky barrels that stored Rutherglen Muscat for 80 years.
He then blended this with the Christmas pudding gin and to finish, added a slight tweak of Rutherglen Classic Muscat to round out the palate and add a touch of richness.
It might just be our most lovingly crafted gin yet, from the multiple techniques and processes that have gone into making it taste extraordinary to the original artwork commissioned for the label ('Warm and Christmas' by Australian artist Jade Suine).
The result smells like gin and tastes like Christmas. With juniper-led Christmas tree notes and plum pudding character it is perfect sipped neat, poured over your pudding or added to egg-nog.
And in true Mackenzie form, Cam and his wife Leah spent Derby Day 2016 making the family Christmas puddings...
"Viv was chief measurer and in charge of the playlist (Taylor got a decent run). She was meticulous, down to the last currant.
Lizie was our stirrer (quite appropriate) and literally got her hands dirty - not sure she knows we have a sink because I've been chipping dried pudding mix of various furniture since.
And then we had Alice, because no Christmas pudding day is complete without a supervisor (or heckler), so she talked some good game and was enthusiastic in offering advice on something she knew nothing about.
And Leah and I cleaned up the mess! Our kitchen looked like Santa's reindeer had eaten the mushrooms near the back shed..."
This extremely limited edition gin is now unfortunately SOLD OUT. Sorry for any disappointment!