Oak Old Tom Gin is the first limited edition release from Eden Mill’s exclusive new ultra-premium gin collection, Distiller’s Choice.
Personally curated and hand-crafted by Eden Mill’s expert senior distilling team, Distiller’s Choice is a collection of contemporary gin expressions which combine special techniques with premium botanical profiles.
Discover each gin’s unique story from the Eden Mill distiller who crafted the recipe with patience and love.
A lightly spiced, creamy gin, Oak Old Tom Gin has been chosen by Eden Mill’s Head Distiller, Scott Ferguson. The first release of the collection combines Scott’s passion for classic gin distilling practices with his unrivalled experience building your favourite Eden Mill flavour profiles since 2012, when he was the third person to join the Eden Mill team!
Scott has always found the distilling method and history of Old Tom Gin fascinating, he explains:
“One of the lightly sweetened gins that was 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 round 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 mouth.”
Inspired by one his favourite flavour creations, Eden Mill Oak Gin, Scott used the same American Oak chips from Eden Mill’s Oak Gin to age this Old Tom Gin to create a balance of creamy oak and vanilla sweetness combined with the aromatic cassia spice and a light peppery finish.
Serve with a premium tonic and a twist of orange.
Try our Oak Old Tom Gin in a martini cocktail for the perfect twist on a classic cocktail.
Warming and sweet, with light candied citrus and cassia spice, along with berry-fruit richness
Starts spicy, with aromatic cassia and clove up front over a juicy elderberry sweetness and a creamy oaky vanilla. Stays full-bodied, with a resinous juniper backbone.
Lingering sweetness with a light pepperiness and hints of oak spice and vanilla.