Four Pillars has released a new single barrel gin and a rare Old Tom gin, new gins with an old school twist which are available now for a limited time.

The Single Barrel 36 is described as a sipping gin, which you can treat in the same way as a favourite top-shelf whisky.

The tasting notes for S36 describe “big, chewy juniper with brown spices of cassia, anise and clove which have developed along with a dark/bitter choc-fruit-nut character”.

Four Pillars said of the gin: “We have aged gin in barrels since the very first days of Four Pillars. We have used a huge variety of barrels and we just love seeing the way the gin changes depending on the type of barrel and length of time the spirit spends inside. 

“Before stainless steel tanks became a thing, gin was more often than not stored in oak barrels, some engendered the gin with particular characters while others were so large and so old they offered little more than convenient storage.

“Barrel S36 is a single barrel initially coopered in Burgundy, France at one of the greatest cooperages in the world: Dargaud & Jaegle. Before arriving at Four Pillars this barrel had matured some of the best and oldest Apera for more than 20 years. We then put high proof Rare Dry Gin into this barrel and have left it there for just over five years.”

The Old Tom gin is based on the Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, but with the addition of sweetness, tasting notes state “Old Tom boasts aromas of juniper and spice with the freshness and brightness of citrus, especially lemon myrtle and fresh orange”.

Four Pillars said: “We’ve crafted an Old Tom that is actually delicious to taste, and ended up winning the best Australian Old Tom Gin at the World Gin Awards in 2020 and 2022. And a couple of other Gold medals to boot. It’s the cat’s whiskers.”

Both gins are available now, Barrel 36 is $150RRP, while the Old Tom gin is $80RRP.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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