Tanqueray Old Tom is said to have been pulled right from Charles Tanqueray’s personal recipe diary. The recipe in this old tom is said to date back to 1835.
Botanically speaking, Tanqueray Old Tom uses the same four core botanicals as their traditional London Dry Gin: angelica root, coriander seed, licorice root and, of course, juniper. But unlike their dry gin, it varies the proportions of those core botanicals and then sweetens it with beet root sugar.
Nose: it has those hints of grain we alluded to in the introduction. There’s a hint of beer and the aroma of a yeasty back room of a brewery. Botanicals also come through. Licorice seems much louder on the nose than in mainstream Tanqueray London Dry. There’s a hint of aniseed as well. Although juniper is present, it is quieter than Tanqueray dry.
Palate: it shows some sweet spice notes. It’s more complex to the taste than the sparse four-botanical bill might suggest. Sweet spice, cassia and coriander. Mid-palate sweet, soft juniper with some resiny-fir top notes, and then a hint of sweet lime zest
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