Four Pillars Gin was established in 2013 in the Yarra Valley on the outskirts of Melbourne and has become one of the world’s benchmark distilleries and Australia’s number one craft spirit.

This is the sixth year they have released their annual Australian Christmas Gin, a gin that is a tribute to four things distiller and founder Cam MacKenzie loves: Australia, Christmas, gin and his late mum, Wilma.

Each year Wilma would use the 1968 Australian Women’s Weekly recipe to make her puddings on Victoria Derby Day, while the rest of the family listened to the races.

On Derby Day 2015, and again on every Derby Day from then on, Cam and his family, joined by the families of co-founders Stu Gregor and Matt Jones, would make puddings to Wilma’s recipe and put them in the botanical basket of Wilma (our still, named after Cam’s mum) and distill a gin.

Cam then distills the pudding and ages the resulting gin in Rutherglen Muscat barrels for a year. To finish, he adds a slight tweak of Rutherglen Classic Muscat to round out the palate with a touch of richness.

The resulting gin smells like gin and tastes like Christmas. Aromatics of classic juniper and a hint of cinnamon, backed up with a rich, luscious palate with a hint of sweetness from the Muscat and richness from the extended barrel ageing.

While you can expect the same delicious Christmassy gin, perfect for mixing up a Gin & Ginger or pouring over your pudding, what does change each year is the label. The 2021 label by Cairns-based artist, Andrea Huelin.


Four Pillars Distillery, 2A Lilydale Rd, Healesville, Victoria 3777, Australia