Old Tom Gin
Playing A Significant Role In The History Of Gin
Old Tom Gin was extremely popular in 18th-century England. The name Old Tom Gin derived from wooden plaques that were shaped like a black cat (an Old Tom) mounted on the wall of pubs above a public walkway in the 18th century.
At this time the British government tried to stem the flow of gin with prohibitive taxes and licensing, this soon led to the gin underground scene. Under the cat’s paw sign was a money slot and a lead tube which would deliver a shot of gin, poured by the pub bartender.
Old Tom gin brings a lightly sweetened distinct character, combining a hint of warm spice flavour with lingering zesty citrus notes. It is somewhat sweeter than London Dry gin, but moderately drier than the Dutch Jenever, which is why it is sometimes called the missing link.