Australian Christmas Gin 2018
Four Pillars Australian Christmas Gin, one of our favourite gins in the Four Pillars family, is back for its third festive season. This gin is Cam’s tribute to four things he loves: Australia, Christmas, gin and his late mum, Wilma.
On Derby Day 2015, and again on Derby Day every year from then on, Cam distilled some Christmas puddings (homemade to Wilma’s recipe), putting them in the botanical basket of Wilma (our still) and distilling a base of juniper, cinnamon, star anise, coriander and angelica over the top.
We also now have gin ageing 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. Same as last year and the year before, Cam blended this gin with the Christmas pudding gin and to finish added a slight tweak of Classic Rutherglen Muscat to round out the palate and add a touch of richness.
We also add a small amount of our “own” Muscat that is maturing at the distillery in old puncheons that used to hold aged Pedro Ximenez in the Barossa Valley. This extra component adds an additional layer of complexity and richness.
More than ever, 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.
Each year we want our label to represent something we love about Australian Christmas. This year, we 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.”