Hernö Old Tom Gin - 50cl - 43% ABV
Hernö was a project waiting to happen. Based in the village of Dala, near the City of Härnösand, Jon Hillgren had discussed his passionate dream for a gin distillery with friends for many years before finally making it all a reality when he ordered and received a German copper pot still in May 2012. Kierstin is her name and at 250 Litres she is a small batch beauty, but oh boy does she deliver.
Hernö Old Tom Gin -
In the case of Hernö Old Tom Gin, the team used the same botanicals as in their London Dry but tweaked the recipe and upped the dose of meadowsweet and honey, while also adding sugar after distillation. The sweetness is apparent on the nose but really comes to the fore when tasted. The soft mouthfeel and added honey is evident but also accentuates some of the distillery’s core floral characteristics. Meadowsweet and the lingon berries come though a little stronger than in the usual London Dry (to be expected as one is increased in the recipe and the other responds well to sweetness) and the overall effect is a complex and intriguing Old Tom Gin.