A Gin from the Land Down Under
What a ‘G’day’ this Monday was for The Little Gin Company – being able to start the week with an Australian beauty of a Gin courtesy of November’s Craft Gin Club delivery. This month we were treated to a bottle of Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin from the Yarra Valley, just outside Melbourne.
The Four Pillars Gin gets its name from the four elements that go into all their gins made at the distillery – the best of the best stills, Yarra Valley water, botanicals and love! The availability of oranges all year round means the Rare Dry Gin is distilled using fresh orange rather than orange peel and it certainly adds a delicious flavour. Four Pillars combine traditional botanicals with some more local specialties such as Tasmanian pepperberry leaf and lemon myrtle – which alongside with the cinnamon and cardamom create wonderful spicy warmth that we loved on a cold November day.
Other treats alongside the gin included two cute miniatures of Campari and a Sweet Red Miro Vermouth, which could only mean one thing – Negroni Negroni! We are big fans of this classic, and ever so trendy, gin cocktail and thought the Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin worked really well in this bold, sweet and bitter drink. A dash of Campari was also a revelation within the Four Pillars G&T – something we will be trying more of in the future.
The enterprising team at Four Pillars also uses the ginny oranges after distillation to make tasty boozy marmalades. We still have our pot of Breakfast Negroni Marmalade to try – we can’t decide whether to spread it on our toast or try the Breakfast Martini…. it might just have to be both