London, November 7 2018 -- Love Drinks today announces the launch of the limited release Four Pillars Australian Christmas Gin 2018 available to the UK for all of the gin-lovers this Christmas.
Four Pillars Australian Christmas Gin, one of our favourite gins in the Four Pillars family, is back for its third festive season.
Two years ago, we decided to combine a few of our favourite things and wrap it up in a pretty bottle and share it with friends. And it seems that for quite a few of the drinkers of Australia all their Christmases had come at once.
This gin is Cam's tribute to four things he loves: Australia, Christmas, gin and his late mum, Wilma.
Each year Wilma would use the 1968 Australian Women’s Weekly recipe to make her puddings on Victoria Derby Day, the Saturday before Melbourne Cup, while the rest of the family watched the races. 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.
So the gin remains the same each year. Each year you can expect the same delicious, Christmassy gin, perfect for sipping neat or pouring over your pudding. What does change each year is the label.
Each year we want our label to represent something we love about Australian Christmas. In 2016 it was warm sunshine and red wine stains, and last year it was the beautiful, bright Giant Australian Christmas Beetle, that all Aussies know as the unique beetles that create the soundtrack of our summer by swarming around lights in towns throughout eastern Australia.
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.”
So here we are, Christmas again.
All the best wishes of the season from all of us in Healesville.
Four Pillars Australian Christmas Gin is available to buy now from Gin Kiosk for £54.80, and other online retailers. The gin comes in a 70cl with an ABV of 43.8%.
Love Drinks is an independent import, distribution and marketing company for premium quality spirits, liqueurs and craft beers. Their portfolio represents quality, craft-distilled and family-owned brands that have a rich provenance, heritage and history.
Founded by Kirsty Loveday BEM in 2007, Love Drinks represent Abelha Organic Cachaça, The Bitter Truth Cocktail Range of Bitters and Liqueurs, Einstök Icelandic Craft Beers, El Dorado Demerara Rums, Four Pillars Gin, Gosling’s Bermuda Rums, Hernö Gins, Kamm & Sons, Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur and The Artisan Drinks Company.