Four Pillars Distiller Series brings distillers together to share their visions, joining forces to create a unique product. And for our third Distiller Series Gin we looked to Japan, and the award-winning Kyoto Distillery.
We cheered on Kyoto Distillery in 2018 when they took out the IWSC Gin Producer of the Year award, as they did for us when we took the same award in 2019. Once that happened, we knew we had to make something awesome together, and Changing Seasons Gin came to be.
The three founders; Matt, Cam and Stu; went on a gin road trip in Japan, first visiting Kyoto Distillery in Spring 2019, their Autumn. Then Kyoto's distiller Alex visited us, trading his Autumn for our Spring. We finalised the gin over the hot Australian summer, while Alex was keeping warm in Japanese winter. And finally, we're releasing it in Australia's Autumn, Kyoto's Spring!
Cam and Alex experimented with botanicals from both countries, landing on a combination that embodies distinctive characteristics from both. From Japan - gyokuro, hinoki, kinmokusei, red pine and bamboo leaf. And from Australia - quandong, desert lime, lemon myrtle and green yuzu.
Green yuzu is used throughout Japan, but most would use the riper yellow fruit. Cam and Alex loved the mandarin-orange-lime character of the green yuzu though, and thought it was perfect for what they were trying to create. Amazing growers in the King Valley have harvested this earlier than usual for us.
Before distillation, the gyokuro and kinmokusei was soaked to create a tea like extraction, that was then added into the pot. This is what Kyoto do when they use the same botanicals.
All along, during the creation of this gin, the idea of the seasons kept coming back to the forefront of everyone's minds... the unique seasonal botanicals we wanted to blend together from Australia and Japan. The desire to make a gin that would drink brilliantly in both places, in all weathers and seasons.
The resulting gin has big bright aromas of pine needle, green citrus and dessert lime, and light green tea. The quandong fruit and kinmokusei flowers are really fruity to taste and the texture is driven from the hinoki, red pine and dense Juniper. A gin to enjoy all year round, whichever season you find yourself in, and a cocktail suited to each. Check out our Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer serves. Kanpai!
Changing Seasons Gin will be released on Monday 30 March from our online store, and from our distillery retail space (pending changes to Victorian shut down regulations).
With the current global status, this gin will, for moment only be released to domestic audiences and not be sent to international distributors. Here's hoping this storm passes swiftly!