Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is our baby, Wilma’s first born. It is the concept that started us on this journey out on this journey... a truly Modern Australian gin.
We wanted to create a gin that represents our idea of Modern Australia: classic, clean, spiced to perfection and lifted with great citrus.
Our Rare Dry Gin sings on the rocks and holds its own with the best mixers on the market. And that’s just modern Australia, isn’t it? Definitive, iconic, yet friendly and exceptionally diverse.
Starting is the Yarra Valley’s clean, bright water, among the very best in the world - triple distilled for clarity and purity.
We crafted our Rare Dry Gin to deliver the best from far corners of the globe. It captures the essence of contemporary Australia’s heritage in Europe and Asia.
European Juniper berries, spices from South East Asia through to the Middle East. To that we added two native Australian botanicals, lemon myrtle and Tasmanian pepperberry.
Cinnamon and star anise add rich fruitcake tones, the pepperberry leaf provides warmth rather than heat, and the lemon myrtle is a fragrant alternative to lemon peel.
Finally, we use whole organic oranges that add a highly aromatic character, a fresh Mediterranean touch that supports the spicier botanicals like cardamom.
Each of these carefully selected elements (and a whole lot of love) are distilled together in our magnificent German-made copper pot still, Wilma, until all impurities are removed.
The spirit comes out at a fierce 93% ABV before we cut it to bottle strength. And safe to say, it's proven to be a winning formula so far.
In 2014, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition drew a massive 1474 entries from across the globe, making it the biggest year to date, and one that included our very own Rare Dry Gin in it’s world stage debut.
We took double gold at one of the world’s most prestigious spirit competitions, one of nine double gold medals within a gin category of 92 entries.
Stu was tempted to leave the world of competition on a high note.
“We are one for one. This is the first competition we’ve entered, domestic and abroad. We might just retire from entering them now with a perfect record.”
Thankfully we didn’t, because we received the same award two years later at the 2016 awards. Clearly Cam’s extensive research and experimentation, that included (but was certainly not limited to) “gin before and after meals”, has paid off.
We don’t take these wins just for Four Pillars, but for the Australian craft spirits industry. As Stu remarked after the first, “we love proving that with great skill we can produce something that sits easily among the world’s best”.