Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is a rare specimen indeed. It is distilled with whole oranges.
Further, Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin establishes itself as quintessentially Australian with its use of some local ingredients. Tasmanian Pepperberry (also appears in Botanic Australis and Never Never’s Southern Strength) adds a warmth and spice. Again, lemon myrtle makes an appearance as a stand in for traditional lemon.
The rest of the botanicals includes several contemporary style gin standbys, like cardamom and lavender. All are distilled on a base of local grain spirit and diluted with local Yarra Valley water.
The aroma was enticing with a slight “Asian cooking” sort of feel to it. Sweet Vietnamese Cinnamon combined with pink peppercorns and Mineola orange. Juniper is mild and light. The other botanicals are the stars.
Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin has a luscious mouthfeel. Sipped on its own, it has an appealing texture. Early, makrut lime peel, with rich fleshy oranges and a gentle baking spice accord. Juniper is more prominent on the back and finish. It has peppery facets with mark the finish with a sharp left towards spice-forward.
Overall, Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is one of those gins that takes the sipper on a journey from botanical to botanical. On its own, it has a lot of character worth exploring.
Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin can be a more difficult mixer. The complex flavor profiles lend itself more readily to gin-forward drinks and cocktails in the spirit of the Martini. That being said, the character complements Vermouth brilliantly, making Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin a great choice for the Martinez or Negroni as well.
Overall, Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin
Fans of contemporary style gins who can forgive the paltry presence of juniper here will find a lot to like. Beautifully made with a lot of bright, clear botanical character. The evolution on the palate is clear and gradual. Four Pillars Distillery have made an ideal sipping gin.
Those who prefer a more juniper-forward offering or who aren’t big on citrus/spice forward contemporary gins are advised to look elsewhere.
Highly Recommended in its category.