Four Pillars Has Just Added a Yuzu Gin to Its Range — So There's Another Bottle for Your Shrine
After dabbling with yuzu before, the Australian distillery has created a standalone new tipple — and it's made with yuzu grown up the road from its Healesville base.
April 04, 2022
Do you have a whole shrine filled with gin? A shelf? A decent section of your liquor cabinet? If so, it's likely that many of those bottles hail from Australia's own Four Pillars. And, thanks to the gin-making superstars' just-released new tipple, you're probably about to add to them.
From now on, your gin cocktails will all taste like yuzu — because that's the ingredient in the spotlight in Four Pillars' latest drop. The brand has played with fruit before, including just last year; however, this newbie is going straight to its core range.
Like its past experiments, the Fresh Yuzu Gin uses locally grown yuzu. In fact, the fruit is grown just up the road from Four Pillars' Healesville base. And, while that's what you'll be tasting in a big way, expect other citrus flavours as well — and even green tea.
As Four Pillars co-founder and distiller Cam Mackenzie explains, "yuzu brings amazing aromatics that are a mix of lemon, mandarin, cumquat and grapefruit — all bright and fresh citrus notes — while the addition of finger lime adds some deeper citrus character."
"We've also learnt a lot (from the best) in our adventures making gin with Japanese friends, so in our take on yuzu gin, we've used ginger, turmeric and sencha genmaicha, a Japanese green tea with roasted brown rice, for depth of flavour," Mackenzie continues. "[Plus] a canvas of strong pine-needle juniper and a bit of lemon myrtle add a touch of lemon curd."
Four Pillars recommends that you drink the Fresh Yuzu Gin in a highball with lots of ice, soda or light tonic, as topped with any kind of citrus garnish (although yuzu would obviously be best).
If you're now hankering for a beverage, the new yuzu gin is available from the distillery's website for $80 per bottle, and also from Four Pillars' gin shops at its distillery door in Healesville and its Sydney Laboratory in Surry Hills. It'll start hitting bottle-os throughout April as well.
For more information about Fresh Yuzu Gin, or to buy it, head to the distillery's website.