Old Tom Gin: Cocktails' "Missing Link"

The “missing link” of the gin evolution has to be the ‘Old Tom’ category. With the re-introduction of Hayman’s and Ransom gins a few years ago, the link has finally been found along with the tale of Old Tom. The story of gin begins in Holland where the Dutch, who were excellent traders and distillers, started to infuse some of the wonderful botanicals that they would find around the world in to their malt-wines. These malt-wines were an expertly distilled blend of grains such as wheat, barley and rye, essentially a non-aged whiskey. This Holland Gin, or Genever, had a rich grain forward nose, subtle flavors of citrus and juniper, and a round full texture. In 1688 the English found them

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