Winchester Distillery adds Old Tom Gin to its line up

Winchester Distillery is to launch its interpretation of an authentic Old Tom Gin, a style that was popular during the 18th and 19th centuries that is growing in popularity.

Old Tom Gin, often used as the base for Tom Collins and the Martinez cocktails, initially came about after the creation of the Dutch spirit, Genever, but before the lighter Dry Gin.

Distillers Paul and Dom have pot-distilled six traditional botanicals – juniper berries, liquorice roots, coriander seed, bitter orange peel, angelica root and calamus root – with 96& abv spirit (as required by EU law). This is then blended with a malt spirit created at the distillery, which has been double distilled in pot still Persephone. The elevated levels of liquorice root in the botanical mix create an earthy, sweeter-tasting spirit, typical of the Old Tom style.

The 40% abv Hampshire Fine Old Tom Gin is available in 70cl bottles for £36.95 from the first week of February.