Australian distillery Four Pillars has teamed up with Qantas for the release of QF100 Gin in celebration of the airline’s centenary.
Commemorating 100 years of flying, the uniquely modern Australian gin has been bottled at 100 proof and is inspired by how Qantas first connected Australia and then connected Australia to the world.
Mirroring the birth of the airline, the gin has its roots in Longreach, QLD, and flavoured with botanicals picked up along its ‘flight path’ around Australia and along the Kangaroo Route to Europe. A true collaboration, Qantas flew Four Pillars Co-Founder and Distiller Cameron Mackenzie to Longreach to forage native lemongrass in the region.
“Almost every grass, leaf, berry, or fruit in this region has a use within the indigenous culture and has done for thousands of years. When we visited last year, native lemongrass was plentiful, and it has become the heart and soul of this gin,” said Four Pillars co-founder and distiller Cameron Mackenzie. “Both Suzanne and I knew this botanical would work magnificently in the gin because it paired so well with the vibrancy of other botanicals.”
With a label that pays tribute to the Longreach hanger on the front and the gin’s botanical ‘boarding pass’ on the reverse side, the QF100 uses other native Australian ingredients, including macadamia and lemon myrtle and has a big, citrus-forward flavour with bright citrus aromas and soft floral notes.
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