Christian Jensen set out to make perfect, historically correct gins after living in Tokyo. While there he happened upon a gin bar that had an extensive supply of traditional and historical gins that made him curious as to the processes that create such distinctive spirits. Once back in England, he worked with Thames Distillers in London and was able to realize this goal. Alongside his fantastic dry gin, we are happy to showcase his Old Tom gin. These were known in the 1800s to be sweeter, fuller styles of spirits, however Christian was curious as to how economically viable a spirit like this could be during a time when sugar was sold at a premium. After extensive research he found the answer: licorice, a standard component of Old Tom gins during this century. True black licorice contains a component called glycyrrhizin (the sweetening compound derived from licorice root) that is 30 times sweeter than pure sugar. By upping the botanicals during distillation, he was able to create this traditional Old Tom gin. Complex and delicious, Collins drinkers go no further. Tim Gagnon
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