RASPBERRY OLD TOM GIN

Our seasonal Old Tom Gin produced with Scottish Raspberries

THE STORY

Officially launched at Taste of Grampian in June 2019, our House of Botanicals Raspberry Old Tom Gin is a seasonal exclusive that will be available solely from June through to September, or as long as we can source locally grown Scottish raspberries.

As a company that manufactures gin and Aromatic Bitters; the original ingredients in true Pink Gin which was once consumed by Royal Navy sailors in the 19th century as a remedy for sea sickness, we have grown increasingly frustrated at its bastardisation (asking #WhatTheFuckIsPinkGin) with sickly sweet spirit drinks masquerading as something they’re clearly not. With very little of these products having any noticeable taste of juniper, we wanted to bring some balance and show that you can manufacture a true gin which possessing a subtle hint of natural raspberry flavour alongside other botanicals, namely juniper.

For our House of Botanicals Raspberry Old Tom Gin we use the same base as our other Old Toms which is distilled in London using juniper berries, angelica root, orris root, coriander seed, cassia bark, almond, orange peel and lemon peel. This is then forwarded to The House of Botanicals where we compound further with saffron and raspberries, before lightly sweetening with refined cane sugar, with no more than 25g per litre. The Raspberry Old Tom Gin is bottled at 47% abv.

The Coat of Arms branding found on our classic Old Tom and Maple Old Tom Gins is once again in place symbolising the Aberdeen and London City Coats of Arms.

KEY BOTANICALS

  • Juniper Berries (Italy)
  • Angelica Root (China)
  • Orris Root (Hungary)
  • Coriander Seed (Spain)
  • Orange Peel (Spain)
  • Lemon Peel (Spain)
  • Cassia Bark (Indonesia)
  • Almond (USA)
  • Saffron (Morocco)
  • Raspberries (Scotland)
  • Cane Sugar (England)

Tasting NOTES

Nose: Light pink. Candied citrus, and piney juniper dominates with a subtle underlying note of cracked black pepper and raspberry.

Taste: Juniper and pine continues to dominate alongside citrus and spice, all enveloped in a creamy mouthfeel, which leads into a floral and tart raspberry finish.

Finish: Long and fragrant, lightly sweet, with the return of the cracked pepper and spice.

WORKS WITH...

Fortified wines, Teapot Bitters, Spanish Bitters, Dandelion & Burdock Bitters, cider, dry white wines, apple brandy, dry tonic, cream soda, citrus, ginger, mint, black pepper, passionfruit, tomato, basil, lemongrass, asparagus, peach, blue cheese…

RECOMMENDED SERVE

Raspberry Basil Smash

  • 10-12 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 60ml / 2oz House of Botanicals Raspberry Old Tom Gin
  • 22.5ml / 0.75oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 12.5ml / 0.5oz Sugar Syrup

Lightly press basil leaves in base of cocktail shaker, add remaining ingredients, fill with ice and shake hard for 10 seconds. Strain over fresh cubed ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a fresh basil leaf.

Variant on Joerg Meyer’s Gin Basil Smash, created in 2008

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