Four Pillars Christmas Gin 2018 - 70cl - 43.8% ABV
When Cam was growing up his late mum, Wilma would make Christmas Puddings on Derby Day while the rest of the family watched the races. So now each year, on Derby Day, Cam distills Christmas puddings by putting them in the botanical basket of Four Pillar's still and distilling a base of juniper, cinnamon, star anise, coriander seed and angelica over the top of them.
They also now have gin ageing in several 100+ year old Muscat barrels, including two 125-year-old ex-William Grants whisky barrels that, prior to arriving at Healesville, stored Rutherglen Muscat for 80 years. Cam blends this gin with the Christmas pudding gin and to finish adds a slight tweak of Classic Rutherglen Muscat to round out the palate and add a touch of richness.
This year, Four Pillars have collaborated with Melbourne artist Stephen Baker to create a snapshot of what he feels represents Christmas in Australia. The result is a gorgeous, colourful depiction that evokes the feeling of Christmas in a hot Australian summer.
“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.”
Best enjoyed on the rocks with a twist of orange, or in a Martinez, a Cobbler or a Crusta.