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Four Pillars crowned International Gin Producer of the Year for a second year
By Tehya Nicholas
In news that will come as no surprise to gin aficionados, Four Pillars Gin has had another major win on the international stage. The Healesville-based distillery has been named International Gin Producer of the Year at the annual International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London… for the second year running. Considered one of the world’s most influential spirit awards, the IWSC takes more than 4000 entries from across the globe, so we can see why the back-to-back win is an almighty achievement for the regional producer. The team at Four Pillars received the top gong via a very 2020 virtual ceremony that aired in Australia at 5am on November 19 where their impressive range of gins – from Navy Strength Gin to Spiced Negroni Gin – were commended for their flavour and creativity. The award tops off a strong showing for Four Pillars, with both the Bloody Shiraz Gin and Rare Dry Gin winning gold medals at the competition. Back in 2019, they were the first Australian distillery to ever take out the top spot. For just seven years in the booze biz, these guys are kicking insane goals. “After the year we’ve had and the exhaustion we have felt, I couldn’t quite believe it when they called out our name,” co-founder and distiller Cameron Mackenzie said in a statement. “I was wearing my full kilt for good luck, same as I did last year in London, and I don’t think I will take it off all day, maybe all week.” Crafting around 600,000 bottles each year, Four Pillars are well on track to become one of the world’s most revered and beloved gins. Congratulations are in order for co-owners Makenzie, Stuart Gregor and Matt Jones on an outstanding result!