Interview with Cameron Mackenzie, Head Distiller at Four Pillars Gin

April 6, 2016

We chat to the distilling mastermind behind Four Pillars off the back of their second Double Gold win at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Four Pillars is a purpose-built, award-winning gin distillery nestled in Healesville in the heart of the Yarra Valley. In this interview, Head Distiller Cameron Mackenzie tells us more about the ‘four pillars’ of Four Pillars, what makes them stand out from other gins on the market currently and the key flavours and ingredients that go into their renowned spirit.

Read on for an overview, or view the full video interview with Cameron.

"Four Pillars is quite a different style of gin distillery"

"The first thing we knew when we started making gin was that we wanted to make a more contemporary style of gin," Cameron says. "We didn’t want to make London dry gin in other words, which is really juniper driven."

"A modern Australian style, with traditional botanicals"

Starting with juniper and a few other popular additions such as star anise, cardamom and coriander, Four Pillars also add some native touches, like lemon myrtle, Tasmanian pepperberry leaf and one of the most unusual elements, fresh oranges.

"You can build anything on four pillars"

The four pillars of Four Pillars are the foundations from which they work from, those things they value the most and some of the key attributes to their successes. The four pillars comprise of their still, affectionately named ‘Wilma’ after Cameron’s late mother; the water used; the unique and exciting botanicals and lastly, if not most importantly, a touch of love.

The direction – "to be an interesting craft distillery that puts Australian gin on the map"

Cameron and the entire Four Pillars team want to "keep pushing those boundaries and try to take it [the gin] to the world."

"It’s tremendous fun, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had in my life," Cameron says.

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