Bathtub Gin - Old Tom Gin 50cl

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Country England
Spirit Type Gin
Brand Ableforths
Size 50cl
ABV 42.4%
Serving Suggestion An excellent gin for classic Tom Collins cocktails, stirred or shaken with lemon juice and syrup over ice, topped with soda

The Old Tom Gin in the Ableforth series is the very definition of what an Old Tom style gin should be. A slightly sweetened, traditional style of gin that was very popular in 18th and 19th century England. Sweet on the nose from the liquorice root, with a sugary mouth feel and a lingering finish. It has a slightly earthy warmth but the sugary element brings out the citrusy, juniper note.

Old Tom got its name from an unusual dispensing method used by London gin houses.

A tom cat-shaped plaque would be hung outside where passers-by could drop a coin in the animal's mouth. The proprietor would then dispense a shot of gin from a tube under the cat's paws.

This almost-forgotten style of gin is perfect in sweet gin cocktails, it's how the classic Tom Collins got its name - and makes a tasty G&T.

Country Of Origin: England

Bathtub Gin's origins are often misunderstood. It takes its name from days when cheaper, compounded gins would purportedly be topped off with water from a bathtub tap (as the bottles were too tall to fit into a sink). Ironically, in our modern times, the production method used in the creation of this superb gin are amongst the most expensive in the world.

Technically speaking, compound gin involves flavourings (such as botanicals) simply being added to neutral grain spirit and then filtered out before bottling. Although there are many other technicalities surrounding how it is done, compound gins just infuse whereas distilled gins infuse and then distil.

Many of the cheapest supermarket home brands used to employ cold compounding when producing gin on a commercial scale. Using artificial flavourings resulted in much cheaper production costs, thus larger profit margins. Because of this it has long been seen as an inferior method of creating gin. The technique is not used that frequently anymore as it's now actually a lot easier and faster to create consistent gin in high volumes by doing colossal distillation runs, rather than macerating botanicals and filtering it or by simply adding artificial flavourings to Vodka. It has always been possible to create a good gin using cold compounding and that with care and attention the resulting spirit created can be a balanced, well rounded gin. Master of Malt's Bathtub Gin goes a long way in demonstrating this.

Country Of Origin: England

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