Defiance Gin - Old Tom 70cl / 40% abv
Distinctive handpicked botanicals are collected by our expert forager.
Possibly our most precious gin to date. Defiance Old Tom is infused with birch tree syrup harvested from the North Pennines and Scotland by The Birch Syrup Company (www.northpenninebirch.co.uk).
100 litres of birch sap to create just one litre of syrup!!
The result is a super smooth gin with a hint of ‘smoky’ birch syrup
Old Tom History.. Harking back to the 18th century. Purportedly, Black cat (Old Tom’s) shaped signs were mounted outside pubs offering passers by a shot of gin for a coin.
A rare find these days, genuinely hand crafted in small batches, serving suggestions included on the collar tag.
We also adore the bottle..... A gorgeous gift and a must have on any gin enthusiasts shelf.
Notes from the Distiller...…..
"We steep and boil wild Speyside Juniper, Sitka Tips (Douglas Fir First Growth), Whalley Lancs, Sweet Flag (Tangerine Root), Spotborough S.Yorks and Sweet Cicely (anise), Calder Valley W.Yorks.
To this we crafted rich, high quality London Dry botanicals Juniper, Coriander Seed, Cinnamon Quills, Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Cardoman, Nutmeg, Myrrh Gum, Orris Root, Angelica Root
We distil the ingredients separately to extract the best characteristics from each botanical. The wild foraged botanicals are steeped overnight for a minimum 12 hours in 96% alcohol and then boiled (steep & boil method).
The other sourced botanicals are then ‘vapour infused’ to extract the finer more delicate, light volatiles. This gives Defiance its wonderful and unique depth of flavour. An earthy backbone gives way to fresh citrus and wonderful notes of anise.