Bathtub Old Tom Gin - 50cl - 42.4% ABV
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A little side project from the brilliant team at Master of Malt, Ableforth’s range of bathtub gins are a hark back to the (un) glorious days of the Prohibition era, when thirsty folks would take to making their own gins by infusing juniper into any spirit they could get their hands on. Cold compounding is the process of infusing gin botanicals into a (in this case very well made) neutral spirit and letting the flavours seep in naturally, with no cooking whatsoever.
The Old Tom takes that history lesson one step further, exploring this sub-category of Gin that emerged when the turps were too much to take. Crafty distillers used sugar to disguise the dodgy flavours within, therefor they were incredibly botanically intense, as well as sweet enough to chew. The beauty of Bathtub Gin’s Old Tom is that the botanical intensity and sweetness are added to a spirit that tastes truly fantastic, so rather then masking trickery, this is enhancing brilliance.
Fruity and sweet with a soft orange shining through, this is a strong, bold Gin with huge character. Earthy, as all bathtub gins are, but with a clean finish, this will appeal to Gin fans who like a bit of history and a bit of texture in the glass.
To serve: Try it in a Martinez.