Old Tom Gin
Old Tom Gin (or Tom Gin or Old Tom) is a gin recipe popular in 18th-century England that now is rarely available. It is slightly sweeter than London Dry, but slightly drier than the Dutch Jenever, thus is sometimes called "the missing link".
The name Old Tom Gin purportedly came from wooden plaques shaped like a black cat (an "Old Tom") mounted on the outside wall of some pubs above a public walkway in 18th century England. Owing to a scandalous news report of a tragedy involving a murdered family, gin was outlawed and went underground, changing from a cloudy liquid to its modern clear form so as to appear like water. After a pedestrian deposited a penny in the cat's mouth, they would place their lips around a small tube between the cat's paws. From the tube would come a shot of gin, poured by the bartender inside the pub.
Old Tom Gin was formerly made under license by a variety of distillers around the world; however one was recently relaunched by Hayman's distillery based on an original recipe. Since then a number of other companies have followed suit such as, Both's, Secret Treasures, Jensens, Ransom and even The Dorchester Hotel.  The first written record of Old Tom Gin being used in the Tom Collins cocktail was the 1891 book, The Flowing Bowl: When and What to Drink.
- Cocktail-DB - Profile (accessed 21 June 2008)
- http://www.oldtomgin.co.uk/oldtomgin3.html Old Tom Gin
- Oh-Gosh-Old Tom Gin (accessed 21 June 2008)
- Summer Fruit Cup - Tasting of 10 Old Toms (accessed 13 March 2011)
- Schmidt, William (1891). The Flowing Bowl: When and what to Drink : Full Instructions how to Prepare, Mix, and Serve Beverages. C.L. Webster. p. 179. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
- A thorough article about the history and types of gin
- Gin news page - Alcohol and Drugs History Society
- Gin in Victorian London
- Hayman's Old Tom Official site
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