Makar Old Tom Gin is the reinvention of a traditional classic.
Old Tom re-creates a sweeter style of gin which in recent times has enjoyed a renaissance after falling out of favour with the gin elite.
Complementing the bold juniper of Makar Original Gin, Old Tom infuses orange peel, almonds and a small injection of honey into its distilling process. The result is an exceptionally well-balanced, complex and rewarding Old Tom Gin, sweeter on the palate than the popular London dry style.
The name Old Tom is said to derive from the 1700’s; a time when the British government tried to stem the flow of Gin with prohibitive taxing and strict licensing. This squeeze on supply inevitably drove the sale of gin underground, and cunning methods of serving the liquid were devised between public houses and its gin-loving patrons. One such method was for a wooden plaque in the guise of a black cat, known as an ‘old tom’, to be displayed on the side of the pub or above a public walkway. Gin-enthusiasts would know to present themselves underneath the wooden token, present a monetary offering along with a lead tube into a hidden slot in the wall. On presentation of their surreptitious donation, the bartender would provide the prize of a sweet shot of gin, at once satisfying the patron’s craving for liquid relief and successfully rebelling against a tyrannical government’s attempt to stem the tide of the nation’s favourite spirit.
Re-create a classic and embrace the spirit of Old Tom by combining Makar Old Tom Gin with Fever Tree Ginger Beer or using the spirit to breathe new life into the soul of a Tom Collins cocktail.
The Nose: Juniper opens up the nose before delicate floral notes lead to sweet honey and the delicate aroma of freshly chopped coriander leaves. The Palate: Liquorice, honey almond marzipan are balanced by herbaceous coriander with a black pepper spice. The Finish: Dry, crisp with a subtle lingering sweetness.
- Scottish Gin Awards – Speciality Gin Category – GOLD AWARD
- The Gin Masters – Old Tom Category – SILVER MEDAL
- Great Taste Awards – 2 STARS
- International Wine & Spirits Competition – Old Tom Category – SILVER OUTSTANDING MEDAL
- International Wine & Spirits Competition – Packaging Category – BRONZE MEDAL
- International Spirits Competition – BRONZE MEDAL