Who makes it?
Four Pillars, a specialist gin producer in Australia, is the passion of founders Stuart Gregor, Matt Jones, and distiller Cameron MacKenzie. Now, I have been lucky enough in the past to have enjoyed Four Pillars as a palate refresher on occasion, back when it was launched. But, while I like gin, I am much more likely to choose wine over gin. Until I saw Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz on my Waitrose shelf, larger than life….
Since then, I have been slowly converting the local London population to this joyful union of small batch gin with Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes.
How they make it?
The base is the Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin. The shiraz grapes infuse this gin for eight weeks and they are then pressed. More gin is added to bring it up to around 38%
What also has won me is the botanicals used in the gin as it contains some of my favourite Australian native flavours. Sitting there amongst the typical juniper, cassia, cardamom, coriander, star anise, orange and angelica is Tasmanian pepperberry, Queensland lemon myrtle and although not local, some local lavender.
Seriously, what is not to love here?
What does it taste like?
Straight up, Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin intense aromas are of rich cherry and plums and underlined with the unmistakable juniper and some exotic spice blend. Additionally, it is lightened somewhat with some orange peel and a gentle herbal note. If you add a dribble of water, the gin shows more a floral and pepper personality. It tastes like it smells, except it is more intensely peppery. There is some lavender astringency on the finish.
A wedge of lemon adds a fresh citrus zing and a very short pour of light tonic loosens the intensity without distracting from the incredible detail.
How to drink it?
This is a great aperitif, or digestif. The web site has suggestions. However, my recommendation? Bloody Shiraz Gin on the rocks, a squeeze of a lemon wedge, and start added splashes of tonic to get the strength to your preference. I am partial to it merely ‘loosened’ on the tonic front.
Quickie review « An innovative spirit in so much ways that wins hearts around the world.»
Country of Origin: Yarra Valley, Australia
Tasting Date: December 20
Price: £35 | USD$30 | AU$85
Drink: now, now, now!
Needs food: no
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