Third Eye and Four Pillars distilleries have collaborated to gift the world two creative new limited-edition gins, and we’re excited!
Having been one of the first to explore contemporary style gins in India, Third Eye Distillery (parent company of Stranger & Sons Gin) has established itself as a pioneer and disrupter in the market.
Now, they’re back with two new limited-edition gins, created in collaboration with the Four Pillars distillery! Creativity has been a common factor for these expert distilleries on either side of the Indian Ocean. And of course, their mutual passion for creating quality gins.
Named Spice Trade Gin and Trading Tides, these two unique gins are set to launch across India, Thailand, Singapore and the UK.
Using turmeric, finger lime, teppal, long peppers, red chilli and black cardamom, Four Pillars created Spice Trade Gin, which is their take on modern India. Spice Trade Gin is a kaleidoscope of flavours, with fragrant aromas and of course, big, bold spices on the palate.
As for Stranger & Sons, they went the route of Australian lemon myrtle, anise myrtle and river mint and the Indian flavours of mangosteen, kokum and tamarind. And out came Trading Tides, a coastal dry gin and an ode to this rather strange trade. The gin is a bright bouquet of citrus notes that’s vibrant with a refreshing hint of mint and a soft, spiced finish.
For the uninitiated, Four Pillars is an award-winning craft distillery based out of Australia. They’re also quite well-known for their Distiller Series, a yearly collaboration with an internationally reputed distillery.
“We first met the team from Stranger & Sons at Bar Convent Berlin in 2019 and we were taken by their passion, their expertise and by their complete and absolute charm. And their very first gin was terrific.” recalls Cameron Mackenzie (co-founder, Four Pillars).
Over recent years, Four Pillars has collaborated with several IWSC Trophy winners. This prompted Four Pillars to keep an eye out for the 2020 winner list and ‘was delighted when Stranger & Sons became the very first Indian gin to take home a gold medal from the 2020 IWSC. It definitely put them front and centre for our next collaboration,’ she adds.
The gin collaboration was a lockdown baby, and began via email correspondence during the lockdown. The intent was firm – to create two expressions of gin that capture the spirit of India and Australia. Over Zoom calls and emails, they traded ideas about modern gin craft, flavours, the legacy of gin they were building and more.
Considering how Four Pillars is true to its roots with a modern take on Australia, and Stranger & Sons celebrates both traditions and contemporary India, their ideologies were already very much in sync. Both the teams embraced the global trend of virtual tastings and invented ‘zoom’ distilling to bring this collaboration to life!
This led to Stranger & Sons sharing the wonderful spices and flavours of India with the team at Four Pillars. The latter then managed to capture these flavours perfectly in the Spice Trade Gin. And the team at Stranger & Sons ‘traded’ ingredients to create a gin inspired by the unique flavours and botanicals indigenous to Australia, Trading Tides – Coastal Dry Gin.
“From first meeting the Four Pillars team at the Bar Convent Berlin in 2019 to being awarded a Gold Outstanding at the very same IWSC event where they won the International Gin Producer of the Year, this has been an extremely thrilling collaboration for us! We hit it off right from the start, as we were fascinated by their inept knowledge of the craft and passion towards Gin.” says Sakshi Saigal, Director & Co-founder of Third Eye Distillery,
Trading Tides Gin and Spice Trade Gin are currently available in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa and will be launching in Delhi soon.