The Four Pillars Christmas release is upon us as the team from the Yarra Valley Distillery prepare for the racing season and family celebrations across the country. Like bad sweaters and crooning #1 hits, the Four Pillars Christmas Gin is a part of the ‘new’ gin-fabric.
The gin is the chief distiller’s Cam’s tribute to the four things he loves (the most): Australia, Christmas, gin and his late mum, Wilma.
Each year Wilma would use the 1968 Australian Women’s Weekly recipe to make her puddings on Victoria Derby Day, the Saturday before Melbourne Cup, while the rest of the family watched the races.
On Derby Day 2015, and again on every Derby Day from then on, Cam and his family, joined by the families of fellow co-founders Stu Gregor and Matt Jones, would make puddings to Wilma’s recipe and put them in the botanical basket of Wilma (the still) and distill a gin.
Once the Christmas pudding gin is distilled, it moves to the solera of barrel aged gins, some aging in 100+ year old Muscat barrels.
The resulting gin smells like gin and tastes like Christmas.
Each year the label changes, and to celebrate 2020 (we need to) Four Pillars collaborated with Melbourne-born and Berlin-based artist Lucy Dyson.
Four Pillars Australian Christmas Gin
Limited release available online at www.fourpillarsgin.com, and in good liquor retailers from October 31, 2020 until sold out.