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Four Pillars Barrel Aged Gin

To create Four Pillars Barrel Aged Gin, which are part the seasonal releases, the team first batch distilled in their CARL stills using the same botanicals as their Rare Dry Gin. They transfer the gin into a solera of nine French oak chardonnay barrels, each with a subtly different character. Every six months, Cameron tastes each barrel and then blends a portion of each to create this complex, nuanced and entirely too sippable gin.

The current release is the fifth to come from the barrels in their original solera, which still have some gin in them from Christmas Eve 2013.

Solera No_5 shows a nice balance between intensity and fragrance, with the barrels continuing to build complexity and flavour without losing the primary botanical characters. The solera continues to integrate the oak and botanicals while building weight and texture on the palate. The colour is a little darker than Solera No_4, which is due to an extra couple of months in oak.

Aromas of  juniper, preserved lemon and ginger have built nicely in barrel. Despite not using any ginger in the distillations this solera has an almost signature preserved ginger character. It is richly spiced and intense with a soft mouthfeel.

Sip neat, over ice, or in a classic Martinez.

Botanicals:

  • Juniper Berries
  • Coriander Seeds
  • Cardamom Pods
  • Pepperberry Leaf
  • Cinnamon
  • Lavender
  • Angelica
  • Star Anise
  • Lemon Myrtle
  • Fresh Oranges

Alcohol: 43.8% ABV

Distiller: Cameron Mackenzie

Solera: Aged French oak chardonnay barrels