Four Pillars' Australian Christmas Gin

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If you think gin improves most things, you'll be happy to know that Four Pillars is out to make this Christmas your best yet, with the second release of its (slightly tweaked)  Australian Christmas Gin.

Cameron Mackenzie, Four Pillars' co-founder and chief distiller, created the gin as a tribute to his late mother Wilma's tradition of baking Christmas puddings every Derby Day, the Saturday before Melbourne Cup.

If you're not familiar with the special-release gin, it's essentially the flavour of Christmas in liquid form, made using Christmas pudding, juniper, cinnamon, star anise, coriander and angelica over the top.

Cam also ages gin in a couple of 125-year-old ex-William Grant scotch whisky barrels that had previously stored Rutherglen Muscat for 80 years. He then blends this with the Christmas Pudding gin, and to finish he adds a slight tweak of Rutherglen Classic Muscat to round out the palate. This year Cam also added a touch of our own muscat that has been sitting in barrels which previously aged Pedro Ximenez. So we get even more depth, richness and complexity.

The Cloakroom