Gin Review

These are opinions only. We all have different tastes, one ladies trash gin can be another ones treasure…Gin…That’s why there is two of us.

All Opinions are own, including any grammar & spelling mistakes…because…Useless!

FOUR PILLARS BLOODY SHIRAZ GIN

@twogindependentwomen @fourpillarsgin

Location: Australia

Distiller: Four Pillars Distillery

Website: https://www.fourpillarsgin.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fourpillarsgin/

Stockists Worldwide: https://www.fourpillarsgin.com/stockists

Price Approx: UK £40-£45

In 2018 we in the Western Hemisphere opened up our monthly Gin subscription box with anticipation on what it will be. What we received was a Swedish-Australian collaboration namely Dry Island Gin.

The creators were Four Pillars (Australia) & Herno (Sweden) If you wish us to describe this bottle I am afraid it is not possible, of the two bottles we individually had are now gone, including any close friends who had it. Gone. Drank. Empty. Recycled into the bottle heaven in the sky. Only recently did we find you are still able to purchase this bottle so there may be a review on here for it. However we are not here to talk about that one…just yet.

In 2019 we both attended the Junipalooza UK London show, of the many distillers showcasing their gin, Four Pillars was one of them…Laura, as we scooted past the busy Herno stand couldn’t see the Dry Island Gin, but after walking around we ended at Four Pillars, after asking whether they still produced the collaboration Gin (Wasnt there) As I now think back, I realise we spent the longest time at their stand.

Junipalooza 2019 @twogindependentwomen @Fourpillarsgin

Of the Four Pillar gins we tried, there is one that we stood, with our glasses out & asked for more. Yep, Imagine us standing there mid 30 year olds wide innocent eyed staring up behind the stand “Please sir can we have some more” and they obliged. Side note we arent that short.

This was their Vintage 2019 Bloody Shiraz Gin.

It probably took less then a minute for me to whip out my bank card and ask “whos the bloke around here to take my money” as I happily stood sipping away. Laura on the other hand went for Rare Dry, thinking she was smart and I would share. No ho ho.

They had paired the Shiraz with Fever Tree Sicilian Lemonade (Bitter Lemon) & it is the only way I have drank it. NO WAIT MASSIVE LIE I MADE A COCKTAIL…THE BLOODY SOUR!…OK, OK, ill backtrack…Ahem…If I am not making a cocktail I have only paired this with Sicilian Lemonade.

To find The Bloody Sour: https://www.fourpillarsgin.com/journal/drinks-bars/the-bloody-sour

It was October @twogindependentwomen @fourpillarsgin

VINTAGE

Four Pillars have used their Rare Dry Gin and steeped with local to Four Pillars, Yarra Valley Shiraz grapes for 8 weeks before being pressed to release its colour, then blended further into more of their gin.

If you have noticed I have made sure to point out the Vintage is 2019. There is a 2018, which is still available, although I had this at a Restaurant making sure I had it with Cloudy Lemonade. It did not taste the same. That’s as much as I can comment as it could have been what was paired with it. Until I can try it again.

You can even go as far back to 2015 to find a Bloody Shiraz, but, it is gold dust & I wont even entertain the idea I will ever come across a bottle pre 2017 to try, I am OK with that.

They are soon to release their 2020 and I have made it clear I am after this bottle. As soon as its available to buy in the UK my money will be well & quickly spent before It is sold out once more, But we are here to talk about the 2019.

There suggestion is Lemon Tonic or Bitter Lemon. However, its Fever Tree Sicilian Lemonade (Bitter Lemon) that has won in my eyes.

BUT IS IT ANY GOOD?

On opening the bottle I cannot deny that to me it has a sherry like smell to this. The Juniper from the London Dry also strong as I stick my nose in the bottle. If I was to however open a bottle of Shiraz Wine, the similarities will be there. However this leaning on the Juniper side. Remember this is still a gin.

To pour the off purple colour reminding you of a wine is there, straight with no ice, It certainly reminds me of a Sherry or a port. Quickly it evaporates in your mouth, the aftertaste is slightly herbal and warm.

Serve

-Ice

-Sicilian Lemonade (Bitter Lemon)

-Garnish: Lemon

What I have noticed with this bottle, which will happen to many coloured gins, is that the longer you have it, the more the original colour of the tone fades. This DOES NOT however change its taste. You could keep it locked away in the dark, no matter its colour will still change. This has been purposely not drunk unless special occasions as it was hard to get the 2019 Vintage in the UK. Although now finally found a place that sells it, we can now have more of an excuse to finish this bottle.

2019 Pour Four Pillars Shiraz @twogindependentwomen

Think of this simply & the best way to describe to you, you are drinking a red wine spritz but its gin. Both the texture of a shiraz is certainly with you whilst you drink this, and it is an EXTREMELY easy drink to have whilst you need to quench your thirst, which is dangerous as again, remember this is Gin.

The grapes make you believe, whilst drinking, this is red wine spritz, yet the aftertaste is still slightly warm, the gin hidden away behind it all, reminding you it is not. Thats the beauty of this gin & how well Four Pillars have put this together.

2020 Pour Four Pillars Shiraz

The more that Gins develop into something more these days, especially with Gins coming out that are paired with Cider or Prosecco. Although slightly biast as being a red wine fan, Pairing the two together is a winning combination for both the consumer & creator.

LET US KNOW OTHER COMBINATIONS

I mean you’ll have to sell it to us that there is a better combination to this gin then Bitter Lemon. BUT…If there is any combinations you think we should try with this Gin? Let us know and we will give it a go.

N x

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GIN REVIEW

These are opinions only. We all have different tastes, one ladies trash gin can be another ones treasure…Gin…That’s why there is two of us.

All Opinions are own, including any grammar & spelling mistakes…because…Useless!

MERMAID PINK GIN

@twogindependentwomen @mermaidgin

Location: Isle of Wight. South Coast of England. United Kingdom

Distiller: Isle of Wight Distillery

Website & To buy: https://isleofwightdistillery.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mermaidgin/

Price Approx: £38

In 2019 Mermaid Gin released their Mermaids Pink Gin. The Isle of Wight Distillery Infused local Strawberries with their signature bottle.   

There is in no way denying that the look of this bottle is exceptional. Putting a pretend ‘Marketing’ hat on (Deeper voice: Hallo there) to look at this bottle compared with their original branding this would sell 1000 times more and…without anyone having to try the Gin.

This isn’t even a negative to me (Self acclaimed bottle whore, meaning I am attracted to a pretty bottle) it makes this company clever in being aware what sells. This bottle will be kept and used for Candles, flower vases & lighting once this bottle is empty. Even the name, us that have imaginations on the fantasy side will be drawn to anything which bears a name that resembles mystical creatures in the sea.  

Ethically, they are active in reducing their Plastic consumption specifically in helping protect their Islands Marine environment. Slowly eliminating plastic from their packaging & using biodegradable materials.

Including what goes into their bottle. Local Rock Samphire off the shoreline, Boadicea Hops, Elderflower handpicked locally & Strawberries grown in the Arreton Valley, a small parish a few miles away from Isle of Wights Newport Town. Juniper, Sicilian Lemon, Grains of Paradise (Similar to Cardamom…so Peppery) Coriander, Angelica, Orris & Liquorice root also includes its botanicals.

@mermaidgin @twogindependentwomen

But is it any good?

Having the original bottle in the collection for a few years now, the smaller version purchased from a local Gin festival, then the bigger given to me for my birthday. Neither are finished. Whether reason for that is due to other Gins that take my priority? That could be the cause.

I am partial to a fruity gin, having a sweet tooth however I don’t tend to eat a lot of desserts (or Chocolate…Apart from certain times, but then I then have to hide it as the husband will consume chocolate like a vacuum) I obviously find solace in a fruity gin. When they released the Pink I was obviously drawn to it (Ahem the bottle) Also being a Strawberry fan, I was sold. Again marketing should be applauded as it sucked me in like a fat fluffy moth to a light.

On opening the bottle it doesn’t have the similar smells to the original. You know that this has been distilled with strawberries. There is an earthy undertone when you smell, like the whole strawberry with its dirt thrown into the Copper Pot freshly picked out of the fields. This I feel could be the Boadicea Hops hiding behind the strawberry.

To pour, don’t let the bottle confuse you it comes out near enough clear with a minimal hue of Pink. Could this be called a pink gin?

Straight with no ice, the taste is the same as the smell, that earthy undertone is there but quickly fades and leaves no earthy “Hops”? aftertaste, instead you get a mixed strawberry & even a spice, assuming this is where the Grains of Paradise comes into play. Looking at their site after typing this comment it states a “warm spice” which now I am just impressed with myself that I got that! *Pats on own back*

serve(s)

Serve 1

-Ice

-Fever Tree Indian Tonic

-Garnish: 7 Juniper Berries (Yesss Counted) & Cucumber

When looking for its signature serve, cucumber was not the garnish expected to pop up when searching, especially with Strawberry Gin but HEY…Here we are now making it.

To drink instead of the Strawberry your nose takes you to the cucumber, again its that “Earthy” taste that is prominent as I swallow. Yet again that taste disappears and left with the cucumber & a faint taste of the Strawberry lingering in the mouth, no warm spice this time. The aftertaste makes me want to sip more, but every time that ‘earth’ is still the first thing tasted. The longer in the glass that cucumber disappears and the taste becomes sweeter, however, although it is less so, that earth taste is still there.

Serve 2

-Ice

-Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic

-Garnish: Strawberries

I love elderflower tonic, I love strawberries…So in my head i’m thinking this is a winning combination. Although looking for the Signature serve, I never questioned pairing with Strawberries but adding the elderflower I thought it could take away the tastes that I have already felt trying it neat & with the cucumber. To smell, you get more of the elderflower tonic this time round, and to taste, sure that “Earth” taste is there, much less so this time around. Again it is sweeter with the tonic. The aftertaste is again very faint with strawberry but it is still there & the elderflower is left in your mouth. Longer left there even though garnished with the Strawberries they do not start to overpower the original taste, which in other Gins they do.

so…what exactly do you think?

To state the obvious, the bottle is B E A U T I F U L that is no denying that this should be on a shelf to show off.

Its contents? I cant seem to get over that “Earth” taste, to me its there every time I take a sip. Although it dissolves into much a much sweeter aftertaste, its initial presence to me, I cant seem to shake. We have previously tried this in cocktails which If I remember correctly that taste is completely overruled by other ingredients in the cocktail, but as a G&T to me, its certainly there.

This bottle will eventually be consumed, as I will share this bottle with friends to find out what they can taste. Then this bottle will be lovingly kept empty served as a beautiful lighted bottle.

LET US KNOW OTHER COMBINATIONS

If there is any combinations you think we should try with this Gin? Let us know and we will give it a go.

N x

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