April 23 2021  |  Catering

Qantas gin marks airline's 100th year

By Rick Lundstrom

Four Pillars and Qantas have released a new gin to commemorate the centenary of the national carrier.

The QF100 gin traces its roots back to Longreach, the birthplace of Qantas, and features botanicals sourced from the central western Queensland region.

Four Pillars co-founder and distiller Cameron Mackenzie said he wanted to create a gin that encapsulated the ’Spirit of Australia’ and travelled to the outback community to forage for botanicals native to the area, under the guidance of local indigenous elder Suzanne Thompson.

“For 100 years Qantas has connected Australians with the world, shaping the country we live in today. We were absolutely thrilled to be able to celebrate the centenary of the flying kangaroo with a truly unique, very Australian gin,” Mackenzie said in a recent release.

Native Australian ingredients used in the gin include macadamia and lemon myrtle.

Qantas Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully said the limited-edition centenary gin celebrates the bold beginnings of the national airline as it emerges from the most challenging period in its 100-year history.

“The QF100 gin features a label with grey strips to replicate the vertical corrugated iron from the original Qantas hangar at Longreach,” Tully said.

Over the coming months, Qantas will feature the gin in a signature centenary cocktail named the “Longreach Fizz” for customers visiting the Qantas International First lounges in Sydney and Melbourne, the Brisbane International Lounge (which recently reopened as part of the two-way bubble with New Zealand) as well as the six domestic Chairman’s lounges.

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