Four Pillars changed the game when it came to gin, leaning into the art of experimentation and shaking up preconceptions about how and when gin is to be enjoyed. Since opening their Yarra Valley distillery in 2013, Four Pillars has become a destination in a wine-drenched region and occupies a small corner in most liquor collections. The Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin is the newest release, and if the reception is to be anything like the Bloody Shiraz release, then it’s sure to be a fast favourite in Melbourne and beyond. When our delivery arrived at the start of the week, we didn’t wait until 5pm to pour a drink and wanted to share our Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin review with our Around Melbourne community.
Initial thoughts on the Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin
Four Pillars has nailed its sophisticated and simplistic branding, and so the olive green label was exciting to receive and complemented our growing Four Pillars collection very well. When first opened, there was an undeniable olive oil smell, although it was not as over-powering as we had thought it to be. Four Pillars are known for their botanicals, and in 2019 they began to flirt with the idea of olive oil being one of their botanicals, which we attribute to the smooth and subtle flavour of the Olive Leaf gin we now get to enjoy. It’s Mediterranean influence also comes through in the fresh flavour, which may appeal to those who don’t drink gin in Spring because they find it heavier than a Spritz or Prosecco.
What to drink it with?
If you have visited Four Pillars before and did a tasting in their fabulous distillery surrounded by those copper, custom-built stills – you will know that they take their pairings and botanicals very seriously. Unlike some unimaginative liquor brands, Four Pillars won’t just send you on your way with a new concoction for you to figure out the best balance and blend. Four Pillars has said the best way to enjoy the Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin is as follows:
Stir 60mL gin, 10mL dry vermouth and 10mL dry sherry over ice, strain into a super cold glass and garnish with a couple of cocktail onions.
If you haven’t enjoyed a martini in the past, this might be a nice entry-level martini with it’s subtle and fresh flavour bringing you back for another. Before we tried the above recipe, we actually had it with tonic, lemon and rosemary, which was very delicious and perhaps a bit easier to put together than the flourish of a martini. The botanicals found in this fresh gin are juniper, coriander seed, olive leaf, rosemary, extra virgin olive oil, lemon myrtle, fresh lemon, macadamia, bay leaf and grapefruit. If you want to create your own drink – let these base botanicals guide your selection.
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The origin of Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin?
If you have tried the Four Pillars Cousin Vera’s Gin that was released in 2015 as a joint venture with Madrid distillery, Santamania, then the Olive Leaf Gin might taste a little familiar, or at least its origin will. This was Four Pillars spin on a savoury, Medettarian-style gin and sparked the seed of curiosity in bringing gin and olives together. Although this time the partnership and complementary ingredients are closer to home, with globally-acclaimed Cobram Estate extra virgin olive oil used in the Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin. Cobram Estate is located in Victoria, and they are on a mission to be the world’s best virgin olive oil provider, with their site home to a state of the art olive nursery and harvesting technology. With the reputation of Four Pillars and Cobram Estate behind this fusion gin, we dare say it will be their best seller and a permanent fixture in Spring.
In fact, despite the Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin only recently released, it has already won gold at the 2020 World Spirits Competition held in San Fransisco. As Australia heads into Spring, it will be interesting to see how this gin performs compared to our typical spring cocktail classics.
Have you tried the Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin yet? We’d love to hear what you think and how you are drinking it. If gin isn’t quite your drink, be sure to read our blog on setting up a home brewery and start experimenting with some sours this Spring!