“Puss puss, do you have any gin?” said the 18th century gin drinker to a black tom cat wooden sign in order to get their fix of illegal gin. **Confused? Scroll down for more info...
Shhhh… It’s a secret. Gold Tom is our take on the Old Tom category of Gins, a botanically forward style that is lightly sweetened to taste. Great to mix but also fantastic for sipping. This style of gin was born from a time when many unscrupulous traders would cut their poor quality gins with all manner of products and as such, it became common place to sweeten gins to make them more palatable.
So what’s in the bottle?
- Our Gold Tom contains a traditional botanical bill: Juniper, Coriander Seed, Angelica Root, Orange Peel, Liquorice Root, Cinnamon & Nutmeg – but all of these ingredients are hand distilled using our rotary evaporator at low temperatures.
- After production & blending the gin is then mixed with a touch of Golden Syrup, giving it its distinctive colour and a light caramel & vanilla backbone of flavour, which brings out all of the other flavours and ties them together.
- We then add a small pinch of local Essex sea salt in order to prevent the gin from ever becoming overly sweet or cloying.
The result? A fantastic, traditional, botanically rich style of gin with a beautiful subtle sweetness at the end.
Did you know..?
**The wooden sign of a black tom cat was actually the first ever vending machine and the way illegal gin was sold across London! This story is actually fascinating, want to know more..? https://londonist.com/london/drink/london-s-gin-dispensing-ca
Golden Syrup was one of the first products ever commercially developed to make use of waste/by-products (created by Tate & Lyle in London, 1885) and it now holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest branding in the world. We think all of these facts tie our Gold Tom gin perfectly into the history of gin and London in general! Also, the two black lions on the label are a nod to both the black tom cat gin vending machine of 18th century London AND the Tate & Lyle golden syrup tins.