Australian gin distillery Four Pillars has collaborated with Indian distillery Stranger & Son to create a new expression, Spice Trade Gin.
Said to be more exciting than test series cricket, the release is the result of a unique, colourful and spirited journey by Vidur and Rahul from Stranger & Sons and Cameron at Four Pillars into native ingredients from both lands.
Described as ‘Goan Spice Bazaar, meeting some Aussie natives in a bottle’, the expression is a cornucopia of bright vibrant Indian botanicals and some of our favourite native Australian flavours. It is big, bold, spicy and delicious. This is definitely not a gin for the faint-hearted.
“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,” said Four Pillars distiller Cameron Mackenzie.
Sakshi, Co-founder at Stranger & Sons agrees: “We’ve been flagbearers of showcasing India’s agricultural abundance and 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.”
Cameron 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.”
Fit for its release in the same week as Holi, India’s annual ‘festival of colours’, this gin is a festival and a celebration. It’s loud, fun, flavoursome and fresh.
Subscribe to the Four Pillars database at fourpillarsgin.com for early access from 16 March. Available more widely at good bottle shops, online, at the Four Pillars Distillery Door in Healesville and the Sydney Laboratory in Surry Hills from 25 March.
Spice Trade Gin will also be available in limited quantities in some of Stranger & Sons’ favourite bars in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune in India and selected international markets.