Bringing the best of India and Australia together, Stranger & Sons and Four Pillars distillery have collaborated to introduce two limited-edition gins: Spice Trade, and Trading Tides. By Ralan Kithan
In a cross-continental collaboration inspired by the coasts, India-based Third Eye Distillery (parent group of Stranger & Sons) and Australia’s Four Pillars distillery have joined forces to create two new limited-edition gins: Spice Trade, and Trading Tides.
Inspired by the flavours of India, Spice Trade is an amalgamation of Indian spices. Described as a Goan spice bazaar, the gin is blended with turmeric, finger lime, red chili, and black cardamom. Trading Tides is a coastal dry gin illustrating the flavours and botanicals of Australia with ingredients like lemon myrtle, anise myrtle, and river mint.
“To put it simply, you can expect two unique gins that combine the best of Australia and India in a bottle through the expertise of two diverse distillers at Four Pillars and Stranger & Sons,” explains Sakshi Saigal, co-founder and director at Stranger & Sons.
Saigal was exploring the bars in Europe back in 2015 and was surprised how the gin bottles had listed botanicals, herbs, and spices that are common to India like coriander and black pepper. “At that point, I was like why isn’t anybody in India making premium gin?” remarked Saigal. With that realisation came Stranger & Sons, a homegrown gin brand that she launched along with co-founders Rahul Mehra and Vidur Gupta in 2018.
Cameron Mackezie, co-founder of the Australia-based craft distillery Four Pillar says, “We first met the team from Stranger & Sons at Bar Convent Berlin in 2019 and were taken by their passion, their expertise, and by their absolute charm. Their very first gin was terrific.” Four Pillars ties with internationally-reputed distilleries every year in their Distiller Series.
International Wine & Spirit Competition awards the best in the spirits category around the world; Strangers & Sons became the first Indian gin to win a Gold-outstanding medal in 2020. This recognition, Mackenzie believes, was pivotal in putting them at the forefront for Four Pillars’ next collaboration.
This collaboration has a story that goes beyond flavour–one of a mutual connection with the coasts of the Indian Ocean. Situated on either sides of the Ocean, the two teams initiated the union through emails, and finally communicated through Zoom to discuss the distillation. They exchanged ideas, emails, and traded spices to make this creation happen. Considering how Four Pillars stays true to its roots while at the same time having a very modern take on Australia, and Stranger & Sons celebrates the evolution of centuries-old traditions in contemporary India, this is an exciting collaboration to look forward to!
Trading Tides Gin and Spice Trade Gin are currently available in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa and will be launching in Delhi soon.