Old Tom Gin
Country: Northern Ireland
Style: Old Tom
Price per bottle: £21-40
Availability: UK, Europe, USA
David T. Smith
Rich, deep, dark sugar aromas make this almost rum-like, with toffee, crème brûlée, and a touch of citrus.
A thick, rich and indulgent texture with initial demerara notes followed by spicy wood and the botanical intensity typical of an Old Tom.
Toffee, coffee, and wafer biscuits and partially rum-like in character, but the gin base also comes through here.
Well made; for some, the wood will be too much, but others will really enjoy. An Old Fashioned is an obvious choice.
Sweet and buttery with oak spice, vanilla, and a touch of burnt orange. Overall, like an orange crème brûlée. Yum.
Piney up front. Burnt orange notes continue, like thick-cut marmalade on slightly singed toast. The texture is soft, and the sweeter notes are nicely balanced.
A herbal note emerges, with more pine, faint orange citrus and a bit of warmth.
An Old Tom with its own, very appealing, character that would hold up well in a Martinez.