City of London - Old TomCitrus Notes
An older style of gin pre-dating London Dry, Old Tom was born as a response to poor-quality alcohol being produced in people’s own homes in London. Sugar and strongly-spiced botanicals were added to make it more palatable and to hide the flavour of impurities in the spirit. Now we use it to create a more boldly flavoured gin, using some extra spice that is then balanced by a small amount of sugar. This is still by no means a sweet gin, rather a balanced one to produce a more rounded end profile.
The tasting notes are well balanced. A subtle sweetness accompanies the orange and cassia notes. There is very little ethanol, considering its ABV. The citrus leans more toward bright lemon. The soft sweetness continues with rounded orange and spice notes to finish. Aromas give off a little alcohol on the nose. There are sharp pine notes and aromatic baking spices. Definite notes of orange.