Four Pillars has gone to India for the fourth product in its collaboration series, Spice Trade Gin, produced in partnership with Mumbai distillery Stranger & Sons.
Four Pillars co-founder Cameron Mackenzie says the collaboration has evolved from a meeting between the two distilleries at Bar Convent Berlin in 2019.
“We kept our eye on them and sure enough in 2020 theirs was the first Indian gin to win a Gold Outstanding Medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London,” he says.
“We happened to be awarded International Gin Producer of the Year at the same event, and amidst the congratulatory emails, a simple suggestion was made and immediately accepted.”
With the two distilleries unable to travel due to the pandemic, the collaboration was planned over Zoom with a recipe featuring spices sent from India to Healesville.
“Spice Trade Gin is quite literally a spice bazaar in a bottle. It is vibrant, aromatic and, if ‘colourful’ was a sense, then it would be that too,” Mackenzie says.
“Firstly, it is unmistakably gin. There is a huge weight of juniper which we needed because the power of the botanicals needed a solid canvas.
“Then you get powerful aromas of finger lime, chilli, cardamom and turmeric sourced from the western mountains (ghats) and coast of India.
“The palate is huge. The weight is built from macadamia and cashews along with sarsaparilla and cassia which hold the spices together.
“The warming spices of green Szechuan, long pepper, fresh red chilli and black cardamom blend with lemon and anise myrtle to add to the power and depth of the gin.”
Stranger & Sons founder Sakshi Saigal says the Mumbai distiller wanted to share the wonderful spices and flavours that are rooted in India’s heritage.
“The team at Four Pillars have managed to capture those bold and complex flavours of Indian spices and botanicals perfectly in the Spice Trade Gin,” he says.