Hernö Old Tom Gin
Old Tom Gin
Hernö // Sweden
Released in 2014, Hernö's take on an Old Tom gin begins with the same botanical recipe - juniper berries, coriander seeds, fresh lemon peel, lingon berries, meadowsweet, black pepper, cassia and vanilla - as its other gin styles. However, this Old Tom gin uses a larger amount of meadowsweet and includes some honey that is added just prior to bottling. The final product is bottled at 43% ABV.
Old Tom GinThis style is not legally defined, but in general, this style of gin is mildly sweet and is not juniper-forward. It falls in between London Dry Gin and Genever in terms of sweetness level.
"A touch of cucumber and some juniper berries welcome you on the nose, as well as a touch of ginger, chamomile and elderflower. The palate is lovely well-rounded, smooth and sweet with notes of honey, resin and soft wood spices. Superb stuff! How can you not immediately want to make a Tom Collins after tasting this?"