Welcome to the newest member of the Four Pillars Gin family. Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin, the most exciting release since Bloody Shiraz and maybe even Rare Dry Gin…
The genesis of this gin was back in 2015 when we distilled a little drop called Cousin Vera’s Gin. Made with our friends at Santamanía in Madrid, this was our first foray into savoury, Mediterranean-inspired gin flavours.
Cousin Vera’s Gin came and went pretty quickly, but remains a cult classic in the Four Pillars canon for those who crave that savoury style. From that moment on, we knew gin and olives would combine beautifully and a trip to the olive groves of northern Victoria confirmed it for us.
After visiting Cobram Estate during olive harvest in 2019, the Four Pillars team realised olive oil could be a brilliant botanical alongside olive leaf.
“The aroma, flavour and texture of fresh olive is stunning, and we did an entire year of trials before finalising the recipe for this gin.
These trials landed us on our final mix of Olive Leaf Gin botanicals: a big base of juniper with a savoury overlay of coriander seed, rosemary and bay leaf from my backyard, olive leaf, olive oil, lemon myrtle, macadamia, orris root, and fresh lemon and grapefruit.”
– Co-founder and distiller Cam Mackenzie
The result is a gin that is savoury, textural, bright and perfect for any Martini, but make sure to try it in a Gibson,
Cocktail Suggestion: Try the No.4 Gibson Recipe from Four Pillars. It’s made for this style of Martini and happens to be Cameron Mackenzie’s favourite. With the addition of cocktail onions and a little dry sherry.
Things you will need:
– 60mL Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin
– 10mL dry vermouth
– 10mL fino sherry
– Cocktail onions
Stir the Olive Leaf Gin, dry vermouth and sherry in a mixing glass over ice (add a little onion brine if you like).
Strain into a frozen cocktail glass.
Serve with a side dish of Sicilian olives.
From Rare Dry Gin to Barrel Aged Gin to Navy Strength Gin to Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin and the Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin, everything Four Pillars do is designed to elevate the craft of distilling in Australia.