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Four Pillars wins second San Francisco Double Gold for Rare Dry Gin

Published:  23 March, 2016

Small-batch Australian distillery Four Pillars has taken home a Double Gold from the prestigious  San Francisco World Spirits Competition for its Rare Dry Gin.

It is the second time the Yarra Valley gin makers have taken Double Gold for the Rare Dry Gin at the competition.

It took the same prize in 2014, only months after the distillery launched in December 2013.

The Rare Dry Gin uses both citrus - including whole fresh oranges - and Asian spice to create what Four Pillars believes is a distinctively Australian flavour profile.

Botanicals used include lavender, angelica root, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, Tasmanian pepperberry leaf and lemon myrtle.

Four Pillars was launched after a crowd-funding initiative raised some £15,000 on Pozible, an Australian crowd-funding website.

Rare Dry Gin was its first release and has an abv of 41.8%.

It was awarded a silver medal at the London International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014, and a gold at the same competition's Hong Kong awards, also in 2014.

The distillery's most recent release is the ultra-limited edition Cousin Vera's Gin, created in partnership with fellow small-batch artisanal distillery, Santamania Destileria Urbana in Madrid.

Cousin Vera's Gin, which takes its name from Santamania's CARL copper-pot still, is a marriage of Australian and Spanish botanicals such as Cornicabra olives, rosemary, coriander and almond.

Cousin Vera's Gin uses a Tempranillo grape spirit base and has an abv of 42.8%.

Four Pillars has two CARL copper-pot stills, the 450-litre Wilma and the recently-added 600-litre Jude, named after the respective mothers of Four Pillars founders Cameron Mackenzie and Stuart Gregor.

Other releases from the distillery include Modern Australian Gin and Spiced Negroni Gin in its  Bartenders Series, and a Navy Strength Gin at 58.8% abv.

Four Pillars' is available in the UK from Amazon and Masters of Malt, where it retails at £39.85 for 70cl.