Boatyard Old Tom Gin is the second product to
be launched from The Boatyard Distillery and the
first of its kind to be launched in Ireland.
Old Tom Gin was a gin recipe popular in the 18th Century,
where the illegal, home-made, harsh gins of the time were
sweetened with liquorice or sugar to make it more palatable
to the masses. Some say takes its name from an illicit
method of dispensing gin in the 18th Century. A sign was
erected outside Captain Bradstreet’s premises in London
carrying the image of a cat. Thirsty passers-by would
deposit their penny in a slot and receive a slug of gin from a
lead pipe under the cat’s paw in return.
Double gin distilled with 8 different botanicals
including Sweet Gale harvested on the family farm.
It is produced in ‘Doc Brown’ our 250-litre still.
The collected spirit rests for a minimum of 4 months
drawing flavour and colour from the cask, we then add
Fermanagh honey for natural sweetness, imitating our
18th Century predecessors. Our Old Tom has notes of
candied lemon peel, vanilla and cinnamon spice, with a silky
orange finish. Slightly sweeter than London Dry but drier
than Dutch genever it is sometimes referred to as
‘the missing link’.