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Craft Nordic Old Tom Gin

Category: Old Tom Gin

Date Tasted:
Country: Sweden
Alcohol: 43%
Certified Organic
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29

Purity
Craft Nordic Old Tom Gin

Category: Old Tom Gin

Date Tasted:
Country: Sweden
Alcohol: 43%
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of caramel and roasted malt, lemon and honey, juniper and honeysuckle, and honey bun with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish displaying touches of candied orange, honey malt, gentian root, and sweet juniper. Sweet and honeyed malt nicely balanced with rich herbs and spices; a classic Old Tom Gin that is a stellar representation of the category.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: caramel and roasted malt, lemon and honey, juniper and honeysuckle, and honey bun
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of candied orange, honey malt, gentian root, and sweet juniper
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Gin Martini, Gimlet, French 75
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Sweet and honeyed malt nicely balanced with rich herbs and spices; a classic Old Tom Gin that is a stellar representation of the category.

The Producer

New Century Model

The Producer

Their Portfolio

94 Purity Craft Nordic Old Tom Gin 43% (Sweden) $29.00.
91 Purity Craft Navy Strength Gin 57.1% (Sweden) $34.00.
93 Purity Craft Nordic Dry Gin 43% (Sweden) $29.00.

Old Tom Gin

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Serve in a Rocks Glass
Old Tom Gin is the last remaining example of the original lightly sweetened gins that were so popular in 18th-century England. The name comes from what may be the first example of a beverage vending machine. In the 1700s some pubs in England would have a wooden plaque shaped like a black cat (an "Old Tom") mounted on the outside wall. Thirsty passersby would deposit a penny in the cat’s mouth and place their lips around a small tube between the cat’s paws. The bartender inside would then pour a shot of Gin through the tube and into the customer’s waiting mouth. Until fairly recently limited quantities of Old Tom-style Gin were still being made by a few British distillers, but they were, at best, curiosity items.