Launched to the world in the April of 2018, House of Botanicals Old Tom Gin is the first foray into the world of botanical spirits for the Dr. Adam Elmegirab's brand, with a product we've long had an association to because of our adoration for the Martinez cocktail.
As long-term exponents of collaboration, and with Old Tom's inherent and historic links to London, the first element of production rightly takes place in the UK capital with a distillation of juniper berries, angelica root, orris root, coriander seed, cassia bark, almond, orange peel and lemon peel creating a truly outstanding dry gin in its own right.
This gin is then shipped to our dedicated production facility The House of Botanicals in Aberdeen and, again as a nod to early Old Tom bottles, macerated with delicate saffron and chamomile flowers, both of which originate from Morocco, the country I was married in 2017. To finish, and create the Old Tom style, it is sweetened with a hint of muscovado sugar, which we believe would have been used by many original Old Tom brands, and bottled at 47% abv in respect of analysis performed on Old Tom in the 1800s.
The Coat of Arms branding is in homage to the Aberdeen and London City Coats of Arms, with the Black Panther additionally a reference to hip-hop which we listen to most days at the House of Botanicals, and obviously a doff of the cap to early Old Tom branding which would feature a Black Cat.
Nose: Golden yellow. Floral notes, spice and juniper dominate with earthy elements also noticeable
Taste: The spice and juniper continue to shine alongside warming pine notes and hints of coriander, before leading into sherbet-y citrus and chamomile ahead of the finish
Finish: Long and fragrant, everlasting complex sweetness and spice
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Add all ingredients to mixing glass, fill with cubed ice and stir for 15-20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a quadrant of fresh lemon
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