Hayman's Old Tom Gin is a botanically intensive and delicately sweetened style of gin that delivers a balanced and well rounded flavor profile, resulting in a distinctive and authentic cocktail experience.
Popular in the 18th and 19th century, Old Tom Gin was specified in the recipes of numerous classic gin based cocktails. It provides a balance and nuance unique to its style.
Hayman Distillers is the longest serving family owned gin distiller in England. Hayman's Old Tom Gin is made under the careful supervision of Christopher Hayman with a recipe drawn from the family archives.
The re-introduction of Hayman's Old Tom Gin came by request of the London cocktail community, interested in having the full spectrum of gins as specified in the recipes of so many classic cocktails. As the authors of these recipes were deliberate in their selection of the style of gin, so too today we find the different styles of gin meaningfully impact the cocktail.
The Old Tom style is typified by a rich and well-rounded flavor profile of botanical depth (as compared to the sharp, angular profile of London Dry) complemented by a light sweetness. While certain elements might along be aromatic or bitter, in combination they yield a depth of flavor and mouth-feel unique to the Old Tom style. The Hayman's Old Tom is characteristic of the late 19th century production cited in so many now classic cocktails.