Rhubarb Old Tom
Style: Old Tom
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 8.3
Nose: The unmistakable smell of rhubarb – crisp and tangy with brown sugar and vanilla, accompanied by spice.
Palate: Sharp rose and rhubarb notes with lemon kick the gin off to a tart start that gradually mellows, introducing baking spice, pine and luxurious vanilla bean.
Finish: Sweet rhubarb notes, now with a thick egg custard flavour reminiscent of rhubarb and custard candy.
Comments: A gin that captures the nature of the fruit and would be well-suited to long mixed drinks or sipping on the rocks.
Felicity Murray – 7.8
Nose: An immediate stewed rhubarb hit underlined with candy, pink pepper and heady floral notes of roses, orris, jasmine and honeysuckle.
Palate: Sweet with a tart edge. Rhubarb and citrus, plus ginger, spice and brown sugar.
Finish: Creamy, long and sweet, fruity and comforting.
Comments: The tart rhubarb compliments the sweetness of an Old Tom style gin. It verges on being a liqueur and would work well served over ice with fresh ginger, or simply with a light tonic that would take the edge of the sweetness.