Anchor Distilling Company out of San Francisco already crafts two other styles of gin. Their latest hearkens back to London, England circa 1823 when Old Tom was credited to Thomas Chamberlin an associate of the owner of Hedge’s Distillery. The image of a Tom Cat goes back even further to a particular tavern in London which used it to let thirsty customers know that they could procure a mouthful of gin there.
What’s the unique difference between this style of gin and London Dry or even Plymouth? Old Tom is sweetened with star anise and licorice root. Anchor has added a third sweetener which has been making inroads in the culinary world of late: stevia. Stevia comes from Paraguay, making this a truly New World style of gin.
Anchor Old Tom Gin (90 proof)
Nose: Sharp piney notes in the forefront with a softer citrus and spice background. Very fresh smelling.
Taste: Solid juniper entrance leads quickly into a slightly sweet spice driven bomb. There’s no question that this is a traditional gin flavor, but the hint of sly sweetness softens the blow and actually rounds it out quite nicely.
Finish: Medium long with the final flavors leaning in the direction of chicle gum. Interesting.
Overall: Another winner from Anchor Distilling. This gin is everything is should be and nothing it shouldn’t be. Fantastic in a simple highball, but also with enough depth of character to shine in complex gin based cocktails.
GSN Rating: A+
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