Famously dropped on Derby Day every year, the sixth release of Four Pillars’ pudding-infused gin is just around the corner. The festive tipple is more covetable than ever – with sippers and bars across the country scrambling to get this annual batch of gin in their hot little hands. There’s also a feel-good story behind it, which just warms our hearts. For Four Pillars’ distiller Cameron Mackenzie, Victoria Derby Day is a special day on the calendar – it was the day his beloved late mum Wilma would bust out the 1968 Australian Women’s Weekly and whip up a batch of her famous Christmas pudding and fill the house with the undeniable smell of Christmas. A couple of years ago, on Derby Day of course, Cam had the bright idea to drop some puds (made to the exact same recipe) in the botanical basket of the Four Pillars still (also lovingly referred to as Wilma) and created the label’s first signature holiday gin, which has become a tradition in its own right.
When you sip, you’ll get a hit of classic juniper and cinnamon, backed up with a rich palate and a hint of sweetness from the Muscat. To put it simply – it tastes like Christmas. This year, Four Pillars has collaborated with Cairns-based artist Andrea Huelin to create the bottle’s artwork, which is an ode to a long, hot, summery Christmas lunch – possibly our favourite part of December 25. The boozy brand has also created a range of Christmas gifts that are perfect for your gin-loving friends and family. You can stuff stockings with Christmas gin puddings ($30), turkey relish ($10), ham glaze ($10), and even tea towels ($25) boasting the same prawn and pavlova design as the 2021 Christmas Gin.
The Four Pillars 2021 Christmas Gin goes on sale on Tuesday October 26 and will set you back $100. Head to the Four Pillars website to purchase and suss your local stockists. Psst … we also suggest subscribing here for early access.