THE HOME OF DR. ADAM'S
HOUSE OF BOTANICALS
Originally founded in 2009, The House of Botanicals is home to an array of botanical based beverages including the House of Botanicals Gins, the Dr. Adam’s Cocktail Bitters portfolio, and the forthcoming Italian influenced Pietro Casella range; with liqueurs, amari and fortified wine also in development.
Operating with a zero-waste ethos and ethically sourcing our raw materials, our sole desire is to create a range of unique, quality, hand-crafted products for the growing demands of the beverage industry, with the spotlight shone on botanicals and the influence they have in the world of mixed drinks.
All our products are created and manufactured in our production facility which is found in the heart of Aberdeen in the North-East of Scotland. At The House of Botanicals we consume an abundance of caffeinated drinks, wear Adidas kicks, religiously listen to the indelible sounds of hip-hop, and on any given day will be found crafting some of the world’s finest beverages which are used around the globe by leading bartenders in the greatest bars our planet has to offer.
HOUSE OF BOTANICALS OLD TOM GIN
We have always been inspired and driven by how we can combine tradition with modernity, as witnessed throughout our bartending careers, our bitters portfolio, the book we published, and now our first botanical spirit, House of Botanicals Old Tom Gin. Every element of its production – from the ABV it is bottled at to the weight of sugar we use per litre of gin – stays true to what Old Tom originally was back in the 18th century but at the same time drags it into the modern day. Most importantly our Old Tom pays respect to the offering of its most famous proponent, one Thomas Chamberlain from the now defunct Hodge’s Distillery, the man who Old Tom Gin takes its name from.
As long-term champions of collaboration, and with Old Tom’s inherent and historic links to London, the first stage of production 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, before the gin is shipped to our dedicated production facility in Aberdeen and compounded – again a nod to early Old Tom bottlings – with delicate saffron and chamomile flowers. These two compounded botanicals both originate from Morocco where I was married in 2017. To finish the Old Tom it is lightly sweetened with a hint of muscovado sugar which I believe would likely have been used in many Old Tom bottlings back in its original heyday, and lastly diluted to a bottling strength of 47% abv in respect of analysis performed on brands in the 1800s.
The Coat of Arms label design is a homage to the Aberdeen and London City Coats of Arms, with the Black Panther / Cat additionally a reference to early Old Tom branding, as well as hip-hop which we listen to most days at the House of Botanicals.