Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is our baby, Wilma’s first born. It is the concept that started us out on this journey... a truly modern Australian gin.
We wanted to create a gin to represent 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.
Our starting point 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 botanical notes from all around the world. 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 proved 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 its debut on the world stage.
And guess what? We took Double Gold at this most prestigious spirit competition, 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 Double Gold again two years later at the 2016 San Fran WSC. And then backed it up with Gold in the UK's Global Gin Masters that year. Clearly Cam’s extensive research and experimentation has paid off.
These wins don't talk to just what we're doing at Four Pillars Distillery, but to the Australian craft spirits industry as a whole. As Stu said “we love proving that with great skill we can produce something that sits easily among the world’s best”.