The British spirits company, Hayman Distillers, has dusted off an old family recipe for Old Tom, and the vintage gin is now being brought on the UK Market.
The name "Old Tom Gin" purportedly came from wooden plaques shaped like a black cat (an "Old Tom") mounted on the outside wall of some pubs above a public walkway in the 1700s England. After a pedestrian deposited a penny in the cat's mouth, they would place their lips around a small tube between the cat's paws. From the tube would come a shot of Gin, poured by the bartender inside the pub.
Hayman Distillers is the longest serving family owned gin distiller in England today. Hayman's Old Tom Gin is made under the careful supervision of their Chairman, Christopher Hayman. Hayman's Old Tom Gin is a botanically-intensive and lightly sweetened style of gin that consequently delivers a balanced and mild undertone which results in a subtle and distinctive gin experience.
The re-introduction of Hayman's Old Tom Gin came at the request of the London Cocktail community, interested as having a full range of gins as specified in the recipes of so many classic gin based cocktails. The creation of the Old Tom Gin is bringing back The Tom Collins, The Martinez and many more old classic favorites .
Haymans Old Tom Gin has a botanically-intensive, sweet, lightly-fruity nose, with aromas of sweet digestive biscuit, almond and creamy lemon-citrus. Hints of ginger, dark chocolate, and sweet, spiced coffee, with a light herbal-spiciness from juniper and coriander, give a more rounded fragrance.
A rich, soft, round mouth feel, yielding to a sweet, medium body of candied ginger, orange peel and lemon zest, with accents of violets, rose-water and anise, provide the nicely-balanced, traditional flavour of this lightly-sweetened gin style.
:The finish is a delicate, spiced-cake note with a touch of honey-icing. After an initial sweet, confectionery taste, hints of citrus and juniper spiciness supply a lovely, smooth taste.
Hayman's Old Tom Gin, Distilled from 100% Grain. 40% alcohol by volume. Distilled and bottled in the United Kingdom.