Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is crafted to deliver the best of all worlds: a perfect, classic gin and also something that would fascinate and delight even the most hardened gin fanatic.It’s spicy but with great citrus, a truly modern Australian gin which captures the essence of contemporary Australia’s heritage in Europe and Asia.
One of the most invigorating bottles of gin we offer at the EC Proof store is called Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, and it’s a favourite choice among many of our customers.
The strong, lasting taste of the spirit makes it a number-one selection for a wide variety of delicious cocktails. The citrusy notes that carry lemon and coriander straight on the nose are quite refreshing, and they are followed by an indulgent floral flavour of lavender.
The best way to describe gin has already been written, by none other than the great Albert Camus, and the Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin certainly qualifies:
“Fortunately there is gin, the sole glimmer in this darkness. Do you feel the golden, copper-coloured light it kindles in you? I like walking through the city of an evening in the warmth of gin.”
In fact, according to the manufacturer, the Four Pillars Distillery, the primary mission is to create the best gin possible by elevating the quality of distillation. Thus, as the name suggests, the gin masters craft the batches on four pillars.
Still, the important question remains, how do you get such a strong and yet fine taste of gin? To answer that question, we’ll have to tell you a little bit more about how the Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is made.
By sourcing the best of Australia’s wheat, the Four Pillars Distillery uses grains that comes from Bomaderry in New South Wales. Once the grain spirit reaches 30 percent of alcohol dilution it is poured down into the pot - Wilma's belly. That’s the base spirit, which later in the process is infused with nine dry botanicals while still simmering in the pot.
As we mentioned above, the trick is in the distillation, and this is where the craftsmanship of the gin masters comes into play. For more than seven hours, the boiling water around the pot transforms the botanicals into vapour, which rises to the botanical basket where steaming oranges release their juices and flavours. This process of condensing and recondensing the liquid through seven plates is the main reason the Four Pillars gin is so delicious.
The result is a smooth and pure gin, one you can purchase at our store and have it delivered to your doorstep.
Gin I Brief History
Gin has a rather colourful history, filled with many exciting twists and turns. Hence, it reflects the nature of the spirit itself.
Even though many people today think gin originated in Britain, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, gin was somewhat “domesticated” by the British in the Thirty Years’ War. However, by 1638, when King Charles I founded the Worshipful Company of Distillers and started producing gin in Britain, it was obvious this country would play a great role in gin’s history.
There are two rather interesting versions of the origin story, a historical one and one based in local legends. We decided to give you a brief version of both.
Back in the 11th century, Italian monks learned how to infuse spirits with other botanicals. It’s believed that they used juniper berries as flavourings. The legend says that the monks’ knowledge is what inspired other inventors throughout history to create gin.
The word 'gin' was derived from an old spirit, called jenever. Jenever was first made as an herbal remedy, like vermouth, kina, Amaro, fernet, chartreuse, absinthe, aquavit, and countless other spirits.
The earliest written reference of jenever appeared in Der Naturen Bloeme, a Dutch manuscript of natural history written by Jacob van Maerlant in 1350 AD. In this recipe, jenever was made with a base of wine made from malted barley. By the 15th Century, jenever was produced in Flanders, the Netherlands and other parts of Western Europe.
In the Middle Ages, the technology behind distillation was still relatively new, but immensely useful. Ethyl alcohol is the ideal solvent to harness the medicinal power of plants, like juniper.
Rudimentary distilling technology and limited knowledge of fermentation or the chemistry of distillation meant that Europeans in the Middle Ages produced inconsistent, sulfurous and heavy-compound laden spirits that were not always fit for consumption.
Over centuries, many different combinations of juniper spirit were created in many places in the Northern Hemisphere. Production methods improved and gin emerged as a distinct spirit category
Throughout the Ages
No matter which one you choose to believe in, once it was invented, gin started spreading across nations by becoming one of the most popular drinks in history. During the Middle Ages, it had more than one purpose, from a herbal, folklore medicine to a highly sought commodity on the spirits market.
The name “gin” remained relatively the same, even though its origin is still shared between the French “genièvre” and the Dutch “jenever”. Many urban myths and period books intertwine with the history of gin; however, in every version of the story, people love the spirit.
In fact, Britain went through a whole period in history called the “Gin Craze.” The actions of the British government led to violent protests across the country when high taxes were imposed on gin distilleries. Moreover, let’s not forget about the “Cocktail Age” in the 1920s when gin truly became a “king of the cocktails.”
Today, we have an enormous number of gins to choose from, and one of the best is the Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin.
Gin I Definition & Classification & Awards
For a spirit to be classified as a gin, it has to fulfil the following requirements: strength, proper distillation process and an infusion of the base with juniper. As we noted above, in the history section, the enticing flavour of gin comes from the juniper berry. However, we’re entering a new era with artisanal distilleries that might provoke a change in the rules.
According to distillation laws, the distilleries are allowed to use a number of botanicals to enrich the flavour of the drink. However, Juniper still has to be one of them. In fact, the logic is quite simple; you can’t call it a gin if it doesn’t have juniper berries infused in the base.
For example, the Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin contains European juniper berries, lemon myrtle, Tasmanian pepperberry, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, and organic oranges. This fine spirit has been rewarded more than once for its high quality and refreshing, Mediterranean flavour.
- Double Gold in 2014 & 2016 - San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- Gold in 2016 - UK's Global Gin Masters
- Double Gold in 2017 - New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
Almost all Australian distilleries have a longstanding tradition of infusing spirits with local ingredients, which is what makes Australian spirits unique. They use botanicals like wattle seeds, cassia bark, Angelica root or Australian bush tomato.
Four Pillars I An Australian Distillery
Four Pillars is one of Australia’s most famous distilleries, mainly because of the wide, international recognition of the Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin. The distillery was founded on “gin principals,” since gin was their sole focus and product. During this time, the founders of Four Pillars, Stuart Gregor, Matt Jones, Cameron MacKenzie and Wilma (the pot we told you about), decided that the secret of great gin lies in the distillation craft.
Their primary mission was to infuse the distillation process with Australian expertise and sensibility (botanicals as well), in the same way, the base spirit is infused with juniper. By 2015, the distillery found a new home in an old timber yard just outside Melbourne, in the picturesque area of Healesville. The favourite copper still pots of the founders, Wilma, Jude and Eileen, came with them too. They were all manufactured in the same shop, by Carl in Germany.
However, it’s not only sentimentality that counts when it comes to these copper stills. On the contrary, it’s the purity of taste they can produce, just take the Four Pillars for example.
As with any company on the market, branding is crucial for quality recognition. That’s why every Four Pillars bottle has the same shape and four bumps on top. The connection is obvious: four pillars, four founders (including Wilma) and four principals. If you’re wondering about the principals of the craft and the distillery, we’re going to share them with you:
- The still
- The water
- The botanicals
- The passion
Furthermore, it helps with branding when the founders have extensive marketing experience. Their main objective for the Four Pillars distillery was to create the best gin that Australia can offer. They accomplished that by bringing the flavours of Asia and the Mediterranean together in a refreshing mix, which is a true Australian trait.
Over the years Four Pillars, developed many gin kinds like: Rare Dry Gin, Spiced Negroni Gin which was a collaboration with our Head of Creative Jason Williams, Navy Strength Gin, Bloody Shiraz Gin, Dry Island Gin, Modern Australian Gin, Sherry Cask Gin, Chardonnay Barrel Gin, Pure Kisumé Gin and Christmas Gin. Four Pillars even created two marmalades, which are made from the fresh organic oranges steamed during the distillation process of the gins.
EC Proof I Dry Gin Selection
Here, at the EC Proof store, we feature high-quality bottles from all over the world. Thus if you want to turn your home bar into a representation of a nomadic traveler, you came to the right place. Our dry gin selection is vast, including everything from the unique Monkey 47 gin to the exceptional Fords Gin. Our goal is to provide you with the best the gin industry has to offer, like the Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin.
The Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is a high-quality, strong spirit that combines bitter and sweet notes in perfect harmony. The Lemon Myrtle and the Tasmanian Pepperberry add to the bitter, and yet refreshing flavour by prolonging the taste to a pepper finish. In fact, the gin has everything; it’s floral, spicy and dry all at the same time. Our personal recommendation would be to combine it with East Imperial tonic because the orange undernotes will impress your taste buds!