Ransom Wines & Spirits Old Tom Gin (88 proof)

Ransom Wines & Spirits Old Tom Gin (88 proof)

Item Number: 3116

UPC: 0-665991040109

Country: USA
Region: Oregon
Grape(s): Malted Grain Mash / Juniper / Orange peel / Lemon peel / Coriander / Angelica root / Cardamom
Type: Spirits - Gin
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 44
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

It is 1865, and you're thirsty for a gin cocktail. At the bar, you order an Old Tom gin, the predominant gin in fashion during the mid-1800s. Ransom’s Old Tom is very close to what you'd have been served. Tad Seestedt's vision when he resurrected this gin style was to make the best and most historically accurate Old Tom in the world. He collaborated with historian, author, and mixologist extraordinaire David Wondrich to develop this recipe in 2008/2009. A pioneering American craft spirit, Ransom Old Tom Gin was the first domestic Old Tom gin to be released since Prohibition.

History: Old Tom gins find their way into drinking history starting in the 18th century. Similar to the Genever style of gin, Old Tom’s were part malted grain mash, part infused botanicals. Old Tom gins had robust and expressive flavors due in part to the pot still distillation methods as well as the barrel aging these gins underwent as the product was transported from city to city. The name Old Tom comes from bars in London that had wooden placards or a statue of a black cat (an “Old Tom”) on the outside of the building where a thirsty customer could deposit a penny and receive a shot of gin from a small spigot between the cat’s paws. That was the first creative drive thru in the modern commercial era.

Distillation: The Old Tom's subtle maltiness is the result of using a base wort of malted barley (85% malted two-row barley, 15% Ransom estate unmalted barley), combined with an infusion of botanicals in high proof corn spirit. Botanicals are all certified organic and include juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander seed, angelica root and cardamom pods. This fine gin is distilled through an alambic pot still in order to preserve the maximum amount of aromatics, flavor, and body. Only the "heart of the hearts" (the very best portion of distillate) is retained for this special bottling. The gin is then aged in 100% used French oak wine barrels for 6 to 12 months.

Tasting Notes: Ransom Old Tom Gin opens with seductive aromatics of juniper berries and coastal forest, set off by apothecary spice notes of cardamom and angelica. The palate is rich and silky, with malt flavors punctuated by lively citrus zest and heady exotic notes of coriander and teak. The gin continues with suppleness and power, with the warmth and richness of the malt carrying clean, focused botanicals on a long, elegant finish.

Suggested Cocktails: Martinez, Negroni, Tom Collins, Gin and Tonic

Gold Medal - Seattle International Spirits Awards 2017
Gold Medal - American Craft Spirits Association Judging 2015
Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 201
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Reviews

  • Beverage Testing Institute
    Rating: 93 (6/11/2009)

    Pale amber pink color. Aromas of sweet berry and citrus pastry, floral hops, honey and spice follow through on a soft,silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with wintermint, mango custard, dried lavender, and herbal juniper and sweet spices on the gentle polished finish. Very nice. International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
  • Beverage Testing Institute
    Rating: 95 (5/1/2010)

    From Oregon. Medium amber/orange color; aroma of mint, juniper and citrus peel; silky and spiced with notes of vanilla, orange and various spices; add toastiness and creamy texture; lovely and complex with depth and unique flavors.
  • Wine & Spirits
    Rating: Best Spirits (10/15/2010)

    Ransom Spirits joined forces with cocktail historian David Wondrich to develop Ransom Old Tom Gin, which approximates the sort that would have been behind bars pre-Prohibition. Barrel-aged and based on malted barley and corn, Ransom almost feels like a whiskey, so don't get stingy with the bitters. Try it in a Tuxedo cocktail: 1 part Ransom Old Tom, 1 part dry vermouth, 2 dashes Maraschino, 1 dash absinthe and 2 dashes orange bitters, stirred with a maraschino cherry and a lemon twist
  • The Tasting Panel
    Rating: 96 (3/1/2015)

    Alambic pot-distilled, 88-proof Old Tom was the result of a collaboration of efforts with cocktail historian David Wondrich. It is barrel-aged for six to eight months, and the oak gives it a hue the color of a new copper penny. The nose is winsome, with orange peel, new leather and dandelion. Unctuous and broad on the palate, singed orange peels bandy with spiced pears. A category standout.