If you love gin and are from Melbourne then chances are you’ve heard all about Four Pillars. But if not, do we have a treat for you!
At InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto we love local and love to support quality, local creators who have a passion for what they do and an interesting story to tell. Four Pillars gin distillery, based in beautiful Healesville at the entrance to the Yarra Valley, is one such place.
The unique and delicious flavour of the gin comes down to, not surprisingly, four pillars. The first pillar is their stills. The copper and stainless steel stills are thing of beauty. The main still, named Wilma, has a 450L capacity that takes around 7 hours to distil one batch of gin which is around 460 bottles.
The next crucial ingredient is the water and Melbourne water is some of the best in the world. Four Pillars water is from the Yarra Valley and is cleansed by nature through the unique soils and flora of the region as it passes through forests and mountains. It is then also triple filtered at the distillery to ensure clarity and quality.
The third pillar is Botanicals and they are what give gin the flavour you love. Four Pillars uses two native Australian botanicals, Tasmanian pepperberry and lemon myrtle, plus Asian spices such as cassia, star anise, cardamom and coriander. This is rounded out with lavender, angelica root and of course the integral juniper berries. A unique part of their process is the use of whole organic Australian oranges which are aromatic and complementary to the spicier botanicals.
The fourth and final pillar is arguably the most important, a generous splash of love. At Four Pillars they have a deep love, care and passion for gin, for their stills, for the craft and for the people who love drinking Four Pillars gin.
Are you craving a drink yet? We have the solution! There are some exciting Four Pillars events coming up:
Four Pillars Fridays – Come and enjoy exclusive Four Pillars cocktails in Market Lane Bar. Find out more
From Valley to River, Gin and Wine Dinner – Meet the makers from Four Pillars and Payten & Jones Wines whilst enjoying a four-course lavish dinner. Find out more