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Bathtub Gin - Old Tom

(50cl, 42.4%)
Bathtub Gin - Old Tom
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(4 Reviews)
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Bathtub Gin - Old Tom Gin Bottling Note

Professor Cornelius Ampleforth has been at it again, and this time he’s recreated a traditional style of gin that was very popular in 18th and 19th century England. Old Tom is a slightly sweetened gin, created by the professor following a request from The Handmade Cocktail Company, which needed a tasty Old Tom gin for use in their Martinez cocktail.

Old Tom got its name from an unusual dispensing method used by London gin houses.

A tom cat-shaped plaque would be hung outside where passers-by could drop a coin in the animal’s mouth. The proprietor would then dispense a shot of gin from a tube under the cat’s paws.

This almost-forgotten style of gin is perfect in sweet gin cocktails – it’s how the classic Tom Collins got its name – and makes a tasty G&T.

Bathtub Gin - Old Tom Gin (3cl Sample)
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: This is fruity and sweet on the nose with pronounced botanical notes. There is a good citrus element to it too.

Palate: The light sweetness seems to add body to this, and helps develop some of the juniper and orange flavours.

Finish: Clean with a touch of pepper.

Overall: A great gin that not only makes a great G&T (the additional body works wonders) but will make a fantastic martinez... in fact it's the obvious ingredient for any classic gin cocktail that requires a hint of sweetness.

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User Reviews of the Bathtub Gin - Old Tom


Must add to my review: Master of Malt tell me that larger sizes of Old Tom are planned, maybe including a magnum 1.5 L so watch this space! :-)

22nd September 2015


This improves upon Bathtub Gin, which I wouldn't have thought possible! The same superb choice of botanicals, leading to incomparable flavours, but slightly sweeter and with a great mouth feel. My only complaint is the size: it's sold in 50 CL bottles, which is too small. There is no option to buy the usual 70 CL or even 1 Litre sizes, which you will want once you sample it. For once, all the advertising undersells the product. I'll have to buy another bottle to try it in a Tom Collins! Consumer advice: ignore the downmarket name (who expects bathtub to mean sheer quality?) and the irritating size, and purchase without hesitation

21st September 2015


Having read reviews for this we just had to try it, and boy were we served a treat! I like the Old Tom style of gin and this is the best I've yet had. Deliciously smooth and citrusy, it leaves a slightly peppery taste at the finish.
We had it with both quality tonic and lesser types to see if it made a huge difference and to be fair the gin is big enough to win over both. Served with ice and a slither of Orange peel and you have the perfect Old Tom G& to try different products from the Prof.

17th February 2015

Incredibly Drinkable

This just went down with some cold tonic. I had it with no ice but I bet it would be lovely with ice. Very accurate tasting notes.

2nd November 2013

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