Scottish Distillery, Eden Mill has launched Oak Old Tom Gin, as the first expression of their new ultra-premium gin range.
The new Distiller’s Choice line has been designed to create modern gins that ‘embrace the best of old and new distilling techniques’.
“Eden Mill has always been at the forefront of trends within the spirits industry and we pride ourselves on our pioneering spirit and desire to go beyond the conventional,” explained Eden Mill CEO and co-founder Tony Kelly.
“We started in 2012 with the mission to revive the lost art of distilling and brewing in St Andrews by creating small-batch, craft products from our site on the bank of the Eden Estuary,” Kelly continued. “With our Distiller’s Choice range, we’d like to take our audience back to our roots when our distilling team would create various small-batch gin expressions and experiment with techniques and flavours.”
Chosen by Eden Mill’s head distiller Scott Ferguson to be the first release of the collection, Oak Old Tom Gin has been described as a ‘lightly spiced, creamy’ gin with a ‘balance of creamy oak and vanilla sweetness combined with the aromatic cassia spice and a light peppery finish’.
Ferguson said: “One of the lightly sweetened gins that were popular in the 18th century, Old Tom gin has been rumoured to have got its name from what was essentially the first-ever vending machine for drinks.
“During the gin craze in the 1700s, the government tried to stem the flow of gin, which they blamed for ‘extreme drunkenness’ and crime by introducing prohibitive taxes. So to get around the licensing, some pubs would have a wooden plaque shaped like a black cat, ‘Old Tom’ on their outside wall.
“Thirsty bypassers would place 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.”
The new gin is recommended served with tonic and an orange twist.
For more information on Eden Mill, go to edenmill.com