Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin

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Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin is a solera made up of 42 casks, some from Spain and some from famous Australian fortified wines, historically known as “Australian Sherry” and now known as Apera. 

The casks are much older than our Chardonnay barrels, varying in age from 15 to 35 years old. These barrels were first filled more than a year ago, and this is the first solera release taken only from the bottom row of barrels. 

Slightly deeper in colour, this is a rich, intense and layered barrel aged gin. A pine needle quality underpins some amazing complexity. The residual Sherry and Apera characters have integrated beautifully with the deeper cassia and star anise flavours – think dried fruits and nuts. 

The addition of some Spanish Amontillado Sherry has added some length and sweetness to the final gin. Sip it neat over ice or try it in a Tuxedo.

Crafted by Four Pillars Distillery, Yarra Valley, VIC.

500ml, 43.8% ABV

$89.99 inc. GST

In stock

Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin is crafted by Four Pillars Distillery.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, all spirits were stored in barrels. But gin, Britain’s most popular spirit, was never stored for long. Gin was barrelled, but not aged. Gin was sweetened, but only to make this badly distilled “bootleg” gin palatable. It was served like this to rabble-rousers of the 1800s as Old Tom, the forbidden nectar of prohibition times. This very particular spirit got its name from the practice of dispensing the gin through a pipe disguised in the mouth of an Old Tom cat wooden plaque on the wall. Clear gin (masquerading as water in these times of gin prohibition) came pouring from the cat’s mouth. So this might have been the world’s first drink dispensing machine, which is awesome. And as primitive as it sounds today, this not-very-barrel-aged, slightly soft, slightly sweet style of gin rode a wave of popularity until the start of the 1900s when London Dry styles really took off. Poor Old Tom was no longer the cat’s pyjamas in the gin game – London Dry then took and held that honour for more than a century. But recently craft gin distilleries have been experimenting with ageing gin in barrels, to make a softer, sweeter gin.

The range of gins we’ve produced between their Chardonnay Barrel Gin (aged in… Chardonnay barrels), Sherry Cask Gin (Sherry and Apera casks) and Australian Christmas Gin (aged in muscat barrels) is astounding, and a testament to our place in one of the greatest wine producing regions in the world.

Weight 1.4 kg