Old Tom Gin

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Old Tom Gin

Post by captainfog » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:52 am

Going to make my own - it's just gin that's sweetened with a bit of sugar and then aged. My question is about the ageing. How many OAK chips do you recommend per litre of gin? The recipes I've seen online don't specify, they just say add the chips and leave for a couple of weeks. Was just looking on Amazon and oak chips are quite expensive and a 100g bag will cost between about £8 and £10 so it would be good to get a few batches out of that. Can you even reuse them or is it one shot and done?

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Re: Old Tom Gin

Post by Mash » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:13 am

Oak is a tricky one because it depends of taste. It is also different from many "ingredients" because of the wide variety - if French or American.
Also thickness, age, shape, maturity etc etc
...and you cannot take it out. You can only dilute it.

I would use 10g per litre to start with. Taste after a week. Keep it warm 18-20c. Expect sweet vanilla notes first followed by toast/smoke and finally floorboard.

Consider using a small 200ml sample at a test?
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Re: Old Tom Gin

Post by gaza the instructor » Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:41 am

Thats about right Mash, somewhere between 10g and 20g
is the norm. Also depends on the level of toast.
Not tried Old Tom, but would think it is very easy to overpower
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Re: Old Tom Gin

Post by EchoSevenNine » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:31 pm

MMMMMM!

Hard to beat a bit of old floorboard to be fair :D
Something... something inspiring and Signature related.

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Re: Old Tom Gin

Post by Inspector Gadget » Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:06 pm

Just my five shillings worth... I use strips of English oak that have been used in my smoke box which is used mainly for cold smoking duck, the oak is impregnated with wonderful aromas and fats which act very fast in neutral spirit giving a wonderful colour and taste... reminds me to go smoke some duck breast fillets when I get back home.

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Re: Old Tom Gin

Post by Mash » Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:23 pm

Yummy.. duck flavoured gin, can't beat it! Don't know why no one has thought of it before :o :o
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Re: Old Tom Gin

Post by captainfog » Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:47 pm

@gaza

Here is the recipe I found:

http://www.robertsandjune.com/liquor-10 ... d-tom-gin/
How to Make Your Own Old Tom Gin

Heat 5 teaspoons of sugar and one tablespoon of water over low heat until the sugar dissolves.

Let cool.

Add to one 750 ml bottle of London dry gin. Make it either Tanqueray or Beefeater, which sell their gin at the 1819 maximum alcohol by volume, 47%

Wondrich goes on to suggest that, if you have a little barrel, you can let your Old Tom spend some time in there. We do; so we put our Old Tom in it for two weeks.
Obviously we can make our own gin so won't be using Beefeater, I plan on using the tried and tested still smarter Plymouth style gin. I don't have a barrel, but chips will have a similar effect. I think the chips will be vital to give it the Old Tom golden colour and lightly aged taste.
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Re: Old Tom Gin

Post by Easydrinker » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:30 pm

Puzzling at the duck fat floating rainbow,

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Post by gaza the instructor » Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:10 pm

You must be quackers ED.!!
Or have we got zippy involved as well??
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Re: Old Tom Gin

Post by Easydrinker » Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:35 pm

There is no ONE way.
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