Back for its third festive season is the Four Pillars Christmas Gin, the head distillers’ (Cam) tribute to four things he loves: Australia, Christmas, gin and his late mum, Wilma.
Modelled from Wilma’s love of the 1968 Australian Women’s Weekly recipe for Christmas pudding, the gin also incorporates the use of several 100+-year-old Muscat barrels. Same as last year and the year before, Cam blends this gin with a slight tweak of Classic Rutherglen Muscat.
The resulting gin smells like gin and tastes like Christmas. “Aromatics of classic juniper and a hint of cinnamon backed up with a rich, luscious palate with a hint of sweetness from the Muscat and richness from the extended barrel ageing”.
While the gin remains the same each year, the label does not. This year Four Pillars have collaborated with Melbourne artist Stephen Baker to create a snapshot of what he feels represents Christmas in Australia.
“It’s the backyard Christmas I know, lying next to the pool and listening to the radio after a big Christmas lunch,” says artist, Stephen Baker. “The colours represent that afternoon summer heat and the cool relief of the pool or ocean.”
So here we are, Christmas again.