Aviation belongs to an entirely new category of dry gins. These gins embody a shift away from the usual overabundance of juniper toward a more forward balance of botanicals. Aviation explores the rich, floral and savory notes of lavender, cardamom, and sarsaparilla to capture the lushness, spice, creativity, and freshness of the Pacific Northwest. In this way, we offer the American palate its first real taste of American gin.
Todd Hardie's 40 years of of bee-keeping experience brings a deep respect of nature to his most recent venture into the world of spirits. His approach is unique in that only two ingredients are used; juniper during distillation and his raw northern honey at time of bottling. Wonderful texture and sweet floral notes make this gin a real stand-out!
The gin is created from a corn-based spirit, which undergoes a second distillation using only local juniper and fresh raw honey, which is sourced from Todd Hardie's own busy little bees that he has been cultivating for the last 30 years. Now here's the magic that makes this one-of-a-kind spirit even more unique: barrel aging in American oak casks for three months. The nose: bright full juniper, sweet lemon citrus, honey, and spice. The palate: citrus, juniper, floral, and sweet vanilla. The finish: too good to be true! Enjoy this special spirit and raise a glass to the bees and to Todd!
Trendy younger sibling to Bombay Original, on whose recipe it is based (with a couple of extra botanicals). Credited with kickstarting gin's fashionability since its launch in 1987, Bombay Sapphire has become a truly iconic brand, with its distinctive blue bottle recognisable in bars the world over.
It’s a small-batch production based on grains from organic farms in the upper Midwest and infused with classy herbs like elderflower, lemon grass and angelica, besides the required juniper.
It’s fragrant, a bit floral and not as bone-dry and piney as a typical London gin. You might spike lemonade with it, and appreciate the 93.4 proof. I like it neat, on the rocks, with a generous squirt of lime.
To create our Barrel Aged Gin we first batch distill in our CARL stills using the same botanicals as our Rare Dry Gin. Then we transfer the gin into a solera of nine French oak chardonnay barrels, each with a subtly different character. Every six months, Cameron tastes the barrels and then blends a portion of each to create this complex, nuanced and entirely too sippable gin.
For our sixth solera release we gave the barrels a little bit longer to mature than usual, about nine months this time. And the development of the barrels continues to amaze, with each barrel showing significant differences. Some have developed an intense preserved ginger character with pale straw colour, others are spicy and rich with much bigger oak and colour.
We still want to taste the gin though. Solera No_6 has obvious developed juniper characters before the subtleties unravel into ginger, crushed coriander, citrus oil, with light vanillin and cinnamon from the French oak. On the palate there is a ‘line of spice’ with big cassia, chewy anise and luscious juniper. The colour is a bright mid-gold. Best sipped neat, over ice, or in a classic Old Fashioned.
Four Pillars Navy Strength is a gin very much in the style of the Rare Dry Gin but with the volume turned up slightly beyond 11. At 58.8% ABV the gin can support some more robust and interesting botanicals, so there are three new botanicals that are both new (and fresh), including fresh turmeric and ginger. Together they have heightened the spiciness of the gin, and the turmeric in particular has added weight and a lovely earthiness to the palate. Also in the botanical basket about half the normal oranges have been replaced with some explosive native finger limes, grown in Byron Bay. They have an intensity of flavour and acid that is almost impossible to believe, and in the basket they help the gin attain super citrus notes and lovely high-toned freshness.
Based on a strong belief people should drink better, not more, Four Pillars is leading the charge to elevate the craft of distilling and celebrate the craft of cocktail making in Australia. Their Rare Dry Gin is made in a truly modern Australian style, capturing the flavours of both Asia and the Mediterranean with a mix of local and exotic botanicals (even using fresh oranges as one of its botanicals rather than dried orange peel). Each bottle is individually numbered, hand labelled and produced in small batches from their small distillery in the Yarra Valley.
This gin was originally the result of a conversation between Cameron (our distiller) and Jason (then Manager of Sydney bars including The Rook and one of the World’s Top Ten Bartenders) back in 2014 - they wanted to create a gin specifically for the Negroni. Something to cut through the Campari and vermouth. And as the Negroni has always been a favourite at Four Pillars, Cameron jumped at the chance to make the first collaboration in our Bartender Series a tribute to the very definition of a perfectly balanced cocktail.
Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin is a highly aromatic, rich and (yes) spicy gin with great power and intensity. First, we took our base botanicals and upped the amount of Tasmanian pepperberry leaf and cinnamon. Then we added an exotic West African spice called Grains of Paradise. This is one of the most unusual spices in the world, with clove and sichuan characters. But although very powerful, the spice tends to glow rather than become hot.
We also decided to use beautiful organic blood oranges in the botanical basket, as well as some ginger. These wonderfully fragrant fresh botanicals help lift the spice to another level. Finally, we opened up the plates to add weight and intensity to the gin.
Mare is a fabulous Mediterranean Gin flavoured with four principal botanicals: Basil, Thyme, Rosemary and, most unusual of all, the Arbequina Olive. Alongside Juniper, Cardamom and Citrus, these different botanicals create a strangely arresting gin: you'll know when you are having a Mare.
It is now the turn of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg to surprise the world with a gin unlike any other: Gin Sul. It is produced in the distillery Altonaer Spirituosen Manufaktur and exudes the unique aromas of labdanum, which is a plant found at the west coast of Portugal. You will also detect the typical notes of fine juniper, rosemary, rose blossoms and lemon peel. The gin is filled into bottles of white clay that keep the drink safe from incidence of light and temperature fluctuation. When you drink it with a nice tonic water, ice cubes and a lemon peel zest, you will experience the special feeling of Saudade - a Portuguese equivalent of nostalgic yearning, which Gin Sul celebrates to its fullest!
The recipe used dates back to 1783, one of many old recipes in the safe at Langley, and uses 11 botanicals. Ten of these botanicals are readily communicated by the brand owner Henrik Hammer (of Geranium Gin fame) and one is something of a secret. The ten are: juniper, coriander, lemon, orange, angelica, cassia, liquorice, cinnamon, orris and nutmeg. A hidden message on the brand's graphics hints at the identity of the 11th botanical - the rounded triangular silhouette of the cross-section of a cardamom seed sits above the shield on the bottle.
A superb, and utterly unique, pink-tinged gin from William Grant's. Infused with rose petals and cucumber as well as the normal botanicals, this is a must for all gin-lovers. In the summertime, Hendrick's makes a fantastically refreshing gin and tonic: serve in a tall glass with plenty of ice and garnish with thinly-sliced cucumber – delicious!
he old-style London gins from the heyday of the gin cocktail and is one of the only small-batch London Dry gins actually produced in London. Bursting with juniper flavour, with a luscious texture and aromatic bite, Jensen’s is a taste of what London Dry used to be. A revelatory mixing gin.
Brilliant Old Tom gin from Christian Jensen. This was made to a recipe from the 1840s, and is naturally sweetened with larger quantities of botanicals than the original Jensen's London Gin.
This is a small batch Rye based Gin from Finland. The gin’s key components have their roots in the very heart of Finnish nature, with meadowsweet, sea-buckthorn, cranberries and birch leaves, giving the scents and flavors of a misty Finnish meadow, early in the morning. Cool as the Finnish night but with the heat of rye and the midnight sun, it is a gin unlike any other.
46.3% / 500ml
Excellent small-batch pot still gin, blended with extra-pure Icelandic spring water. Martin Miller's gin is rated 94 points (Exceptional) by the Beverage Testing Institute.
Mombasa Club Colonel's Reserve Gin was inspired by the eponymous private social club on the island of Zanzibar, which, in the 19th century, imported a gin from England for consumption by its members. Quadruple-distilled using botanicals including caraway seeds, cumin and coriander seeds, this is an intesne, floral and spicy gin.
A curious gin from the Black Forest in Germany. Made with 47 botanicals and bottled at 47%, they also use a 'secret weapon typical to the Black Forest' in the mix – Cranberries.
A sloe gin from Black Forest gin makers Monkey 47, combining Sloe Berries with their excellent 47 botanical gin to create a rich and cloudy liqueur. One for the Sloe Connoisseur.
500ml / 29%
An elegant redesign of Plymouth, matching up their much respected and geographically protected gin with an old-school chunky bottle and their traditional branding. A must have for any home cocktail bar or lovers of a gin and tonic.
This Old Tom Gin is a historically accurate revival of the predominant Gin in fashion during the mid 1800's and the golden age of American cocktails. The recipe was developed in collaboration with historian, author, and mixologist extraordinaire David Wondrich. Old Tom is the Gin for mixing classic cocktails dating from the days before prohibition. Its subtle maltiness is the result of using a base wort of malted barley, combined with an infusion of botanicals in high proof corn spirits. The final distillation is run through an alambic pot still in order to preserve the maximum amount of aromatics, flavor and body. Only the "heart of the hearts" (the very best portion of distillate) is retained for this special bottling.
Sipsmith’s London Dry Gin is distilled from the finest English wheat spirit with ten carefully selected botanicals, and blended with the exceptionally pure water of Lydwell spring, the source of the River Thames. The result is an interpretation of the classic London Dry style that nods to its heritage and emerges as a particularly dry gin with a wonderful burst of juniper and a zesty, citrus freshness.
A super-premium small-batch Tanqueray gin named after the number of the No.10 still in which it is made. A superb controlled explosion of botanical flavours, with much more citrus character than its Export Strength cousin.
Xoriguer is a classic gin from Mahon, Menorca, Spain. first made for British sailors whom were stationed on the island in the 18th century who were hankering for some gin. Rather than using a grain alcohol, Xoriguer is made from distilled wine and features juniper as well as a secret selection of herbs which only the Pons family (the folks behind Xoriguer) could tell you what's included. It is briefly stored in casks before being bottled.
The first authentic small batch gin created with real herbs and spices from the Czech Republic. After distillation only water is added to adjust the final strength. The result takes its place among the royal family of gins, an example of London Dry Gin.
16 herbs and spices, including juniper, coriander, cubeb, grains of paradise, angelica, almond, lavender, fresh orange peel and flowers from the Czech national tree – the small-leaved linden, are macerated for 36 hours in the very highest quality neutral alcohol.