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Hayman's Old Tom Gin

As any bartender will tell you, you can’t mix an old cocktail with new gin. Which is why we revived the original Old Tom Gin.

With Hayman’s Old Tom Gin you’ll enjoy a rich, rounded profile and a beautifully delicate finish. Hints of citrus and juniper piney notes provide a delicious, smooth taste. And the subtle sweetness keeps it true to the original style of English Victorian gin.

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Back in the 1800s, Old Tom was the gin of choice; traditionally served neat but also in classic gin cocktails such as the Martinez and Tom Collins. So in 2007, encouraged by requests from curious bartenders and gin enthusiasts, we decided to make a small batch of Old Tom Gin from an old 1870s family recipe.

It’s perfect for a more rounded and full flavoured Gin & Tonic or easy sipping over ice. And it’s the gin for mixing those true, classic gin cocktails. We hope you enjoy experimenting.

Beautifully simple

Beautifully simple

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Hayman's Old Tom & Tonic
Ingredients:
  • 50ml Hayman's Old Tom Gin
  • 150ml premium tonic water
  • Lime wedge
  • Lemon wedge
Preparation:
Pour Hayman’s Old Tom Gin over ice and top up with tonic. Add a squeeze of lemon and lime. Garnish with a curl of lime and lemon peel.
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Hayman's Ginger Tom
Ingredients:
  • 50ml Hayman's Old Tom Gin
  • Half a lime
  • Ginger beer
Preparation:
Add Hayman’s Old Tom Gin and ice to a highball glass and squeeze over half a fresh lime. Top up with ginger beer. Stir and garnish with fresh ginger slices and a sprig of fresh mint.
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Tom Collins
Ingredients:
  • 50ml Hayman's Old Tom Gin
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Soda water
Preparation:
Shake Hayman’s Old Tom Gin and lemon juice together. Pour over cubed ice and top up with soda water. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Something special

Something special

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Martinez
Ingredients:
  • 25ml Hayman's Old Tom Gin
  • 50ml Italian Red Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes of Maraschino liqueur
  • 1 Dash of orange bitters
Preparation:
Shake all of the ingredients well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
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Hayman's Tom Cat
Ingredients:
  • 25ml Hayman's Old Tom Gin
  • Dash of elderflower cordial
  • Sparkling wine
Preparation:
Shake Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, elderflower cordial and ice together, then pour into a chilled coupe. Top up with sparkling wine. And add a small white flower to garnish.
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Why the name “Old Tom”?

Well, it depends who you ask. But the legend we like to believe is that Old Tom Gin got its name from the illegal sales of gin in the 1800s.

As the gin craze of the Victorian Era was in full swing, an Act was passed that called for all gin producers to hold a £50 licence – which would be almost £7,000 today. Gin production went underground and to find any, you’d look for a sign with a black tom cat in the street where you could insert a coin, whisper the sacred “puss puss”, and from a lead pipe would pour your helping of gin. This was copied all over London and very soon Old Tom became the affectionate nickname for gin.

So now you know.

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Meet Cale

"Ah, so you spotted Cale? He’s here to tell our story.

He’s named after James Burrough’s first distillery on Cale Street. And has always been around observing things, both as part of our family crest and throughout gin’s rich history.

We’ve promoted him to storyteller because he really is the best person (or cat) to represent our whole extended family, mainly because there’s a bit of that fighting animal spirit in us.

Like cats tend to be, we’re always true to ourselves – pretty bold and confident. And there are lots of ways in which we try to balance opposites, such as the traditional and modern, everyday occasions or the science and art of distilling.

To us, Cale’s a true Hayman’s ambassador.

Keep an eye out for him; you never know where he’ll pop up next!”

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