QT Hotels and Four Pillars share a love of causing a stir. Causing a commotion everywhere they go. Adding a little colour to everything they touch. And once again their worlds have collided in the form of bottled gold. In a partnership that brings together the world’s most loved gin, and Australia’s most loved designer hotel brand, QT Hotels and Four Pillars introduce, Gilded Chaos Gin.
QT’s second iteration of chaos gin has been artfully crafted, led by Four Pillars’ co-founder and World Gin Icon Awards 2023’s Master Distiller of the Year, Cameron Mackenzie. It’s then been blended beautifully alongside Four Pillars signature botanicals by Chris Morrison, Director of Beverage QT, and QT’s best bartenders. A little bit unruly and breaking all the flavour standards, the limited-edition gin is now pouring at QT’s award-winning bars and restaurants across Australia and New Zealand.
Refined for modern Australian taste, Gilded Chaos is a gin with lengthened aromatics and lifted weight and texture. It delights on the nose with the floral tones of sage, and to taste, macadamia and cardamom for smoothness and elegance. QT dares to delve into a Four Pillars first with unique ingredients such as vetiver, a rare plant bringing savoury and earthy notes, wild fennel, and brightened by the citrus of lemon leaves. Served with attitude and a riotous ritual, the result is down to earth, yet downright indulgent – and dangerously drinkable.
“A couple of trials and taste tests with sage, vetiver and wild fennel led us to our new Gilded Chaos Gin, a fantastic blend that hits all the right notes. It was a true collaboration with the team at QT and we’re really proud to get this gin out into the world and into your Martini glass,” says Cameron Mackenzie, Four Pillars co-founder.
Launching with Gilded Chaos Gin are three cocktails which evoke a sense of the Gilded Age – a time of great conflict between tradition and new systems. Taking inspiration from cocktail history blended with current innovations in technique, theatre and rituals, these libations are for expert imbibers.
The Gilded Chaos Luxe Martini is a freezer-door martini designed so that the drinker can make their martini completely theirs with a trio of garnish options. Lemon peel accentuates the citrus notes, lifting the martini freshness. Extra virgin olive oil is perfect for those seeking to boost body, mouthfeel and texture, whilst adding a savoury edge to the serve. Pastis, an anise-flavoured spirit and apéritif, amplifies the spice contrast of Gilded Chaos Gin and aromatises the serve and drinking experience. Therefore, allowing the martini to evolve throughout the ritual, each garnish will provide a new drinking dimension to the flavours and structure of the Gilded Chaos Gin. Available across all QT bars and restaurants in Australia and New Zealand.
The Gilded Gibson incorporates modern techniques with old fashioned style. Cocchi Vermouth di Torino Dry, with its intricate blend of herbs and spices, adds a deep sweetness to heighten the macadamia, hinoki wood and vetiver in Gilded Chaos. To add an extra layer of aromatic charm, kaffir lime leaf is nitro-flashed with cocktail onion brine to bring a brightness in the savoury notes of the onion itself. And that is the Gilded Gibson. Available across all QT bars and restaurants in Australia.
The Gilded Elixir is a twist on the classic Martinez, a cocktail popular during the Gilded Age. The Gilded Elixir incorporates the tart sweetness from maraschino liqueur and sharp tang of verjus. Perched atop this cocktail is a caramelised lemon wheel, which is to be dissolved into the drink at the discretion of the drinker, adding the desired touch of extra citrus and sweetness. Available across all QT bars and restaurants in New Zealand.
“This is a bold gin that is comfortable being the hero. Gilded Chaos one of those rare gins in that can be savoured over ice or put to work in a bar. These cocktails are riffs on classics with a service ritual designed to tease out the textures and tastes of this delicious and truly unique Australian spirit,” says Chris Morrison, QT’s Director of Beverage.
QT bars and restaurants across Australia and New Zealand are now serving this limited-edition Gilded Chaos Gin and the recommended rituals. Gilded Chaos Gin is also available to purchase by the bottle on QT at Home.
Take a sip and let the chaos commence…
For more information, visit qthotels.com.