In a Nutshell
An Old Tom gin of rare quality.
A rich and authentic Old Tom Gin with a delicious earthiness from the liquorice root, a malty note and a hint of sweetness. Rich and delicious we love this with Fever Tree Aromatic tonic water and a slice of orange.
Winchester Distillery’s interpretation of an authentic ‘Old Tom’ Gin; a slightly sweet and botanically complex style of gin that was popular during the 18th and 19th centuries and is the base of classic cocktails such as the Tom Collins and the Martinez.
Old Tom Gin initially came about after the creation of the characterful malty Dutch spirit, Genever but before lighter, purer Dry Gin, which became possible by the invention of the Coffey Still in the 1830's.
To make the Old Tom, they pot distil six traditional botanicals - juniper berries, liquorice root, coriander seed, bitter orange peel, angelica root and calamus root - with 96% ABV spirit (as required by EU law) then blend in their own malt spirit (double distilled in our pot still).
Winchester Distillery, established by Paul Bowler in 2014, produces premium spirits and alcoholic concoctions inspired by the Hampshire countryside and its wealth of local botanicals.