Product of: United Kingdom
The botanical infused gin distillate produced from this distillation is then cut with column distilled ‘new make spirit’ which Diageo call ‘Coffey Sprit’ (a reference to Aeneas Coffey designing the first column still). Distilled from wheat, this is the same ‘new make’ usually aged and then blended with malt whisky to produce blended whiskies such as Johnnie Walker. The inclusion of flavoursome ‘new make’ in this Old Tom is intended to introduce some of the character that would have been in Charles Tanqueray’s original 1835 product due to the quality of the less rectified base alcohol available at the time. It also adds a fruity sweetness, which along with the liquorice used reduces the amount of beet sugar required in the final blend.
This blend is diluted back to bottling strength and at the same time sweetened with a syrup made by blending beet sugar powder with demineralised water and bore water. The addition of well water adds subtle flavours and textures.
The original Tanqueray Old Tom ceased production in 1921 and the label on this modern day interpretation is a replica of one of the last labels from the period in Diageo’s archive. The bottle from this period would have originally been tall and round as the now recognisable shaker-shaped bottle was not introduced until 1948.
This limited release of 100,000 bottles are individually numbered in lots, each with a prefix corresponding to the initials of a classic old tom cocktail as follows
TC (Tom Collins) start No. 00001, end No. 00105, run of 105 bots
M (Martinez) start No. 00001, end No. 00105, run of 100 bots
GD (Gin Daisy) start No. 00100, end No. 13600, run of 13,500 bots
CC (Casino) start No. 13600, end No. 27100, run of 13,500 bots
TD (The Defender) start No. 27100, end No. 40600, run of 13,500 bots
GF (Gin Fizz) start No. 40600, end No. 54100, run of 13,500 bots
HGT (Hot Gin Toddy) start No. 54100, end No. 66600, run of 12,500 bots
HGT (Hot Gin Toddy) start No. 66601, end No. 66700, run of 99 bots
TFC (The Ford Cocktail) start No. 66600, end No. 81100, run of 14,500 bots
TP (The Purl) start No. 81100, end No. 94600, run of 13,500 bots
A (Ampersand) start No. 83804, end No. 100000, run of 16,196 bots
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 10/06/2014
Piney juniper led with earthy orris root and liquorice with faint candied ginger, lemon and sage. Water amplifies herbal notes and teases out more of the fruity new make.
Lightly sweet with a soft mouth feel. Again juniper with eucalyptus and pine lead. More earthy notes with subtle white pepper and faint clove spice. The new make adds a wonderful tang of tropical fruit.
Long, dry, herbal finish with juniper and coriander.