Old English Gin
Old English Gin is Henrik Hammer’s declaration of love for the original Gins with juniper, lots of junipers, and thus also a Gin that contrasts slightly with the majority of the more or less inventive Gins with toned juniper flavors washed out on the market in the new millennium. In other words, a tribute to the old gin craft and is even based on an original recipe from 1783.
It is also distilled in England’s oldest yet active Old Pot Still distillery and tapped into Champagne bottles, which were precisely the bottle type the better-off bourgeoisie brought when they showed up at the distilleries to get fresh supplies and to complete the illusion of the late 18th century, the bottles are also provided with silkscreen coats of arms, lions and Gothic writing. A little has been weeded out in the original recipe, which contains ingredients we would not associate with beverages production by today’s standards. Turpentine, for example, was not uncommon in the gin production of the time.
These days, the ingredients list alone counts the best botanicals that can be recovered, including, of course, juniper, as well as lemon zest, coriander, cassia, orris root, angelica root, licorice root, orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom. Distillation, except for the difficult cardamom, is carried out at Langley Distillery in Birmingham.
Then add the cardamom distillate that Henrik Hammer himself has been responsible for in Zealand, after which it is cut down to a sales force of 44% and added 4g of sugar per liter, which is in the jargon turns it from a London Dry Gin into a Distilled Gin. It was then taken to Thames Distillers in London, where the bottling took place.
In the nose, Old English Gin appears pleasantly floral and slightly spicy with a pleasing fresh juniper print and a wonderful sweetness where orange, licorice root, and cardamom, in particular, are sensed. Full-bodied, gentle, and, on the whole, very comfortable. Try it out with one of our great Cuban or New World Cigars.