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Review

Professor Cornelius
Ampleforth's
Old Tom Gin

Distillery

Master of Malt, (ATOM Supplies Ltd.) Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, UK.

Website

Master of Malt

History

ATOM Supplies Ltd. trading as Master of Malt, is one of the UK’s leading online liquor retailers. Established in 1985 they originally concentrated on Whisky but this soon grew to encompass a full range of spirits. Since the 2010’s they have undertaken joint projects to produce individual spirits, supported primarily by Ben Ellefsen, their Sales Director. Under his guidance, the success of Master of Malt own offerings have expanded to include a range of “Origin” Gins and the “Professor Cornelius Ampleforth” range of spirits.

Professor Cornelius Ampleforth, A.K.A Ben Ellefsen, launched their Old Tom Gin in the spring of 2012.

Production

The base spirit is made from a high quality copper pot distillation to which the botanicals are added and left to infuse for around 24 hours. Normally, most Gins would be distilled another time following the infusion period. However this Gin is simply filtered and bottled straight from this cold compounding method, and is produced in small batches of 30 to 60 bottles at a time. How this Gin is sweetened to make it into an Old Tom Gin is unknown.

The apothecary styled bottle is wrapped in crinkled brown paper (covered with hand-drawn artwork), to enhance its Victoriana presentation. Flax twine is wound around the neck, securing the paper to the bottle, and dipped in black wax to seal it completely.

Category

Compound Gin & Old Tom Gin.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

42.4% (85 Proof).

Price Range

$$$$$$ - $$$$$$$. Not available in the USA. Try online direct from Master of Malt in the UK but be prepared to pay an additional 50% for shipping.

Botanicals

We believe this is made from the same 6 botanicals as other Gins in this series and probably includes: cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, juniper berries and orange peel.

Name

Professor Cornelius Ampleforth is a fictional character, played by Ben Ellefsen. The “Old Tom” refers to the old style of Gin, which was prevalent in the UK before improved distillation processes evolved Gin into the London Dry style.

Tasting Notes

On the nose is fruity sweet juniper and citrus. On the palate this full-bodied oily sweet spirit has juniper, orange and spice. On the close are dry juniper and a warming peppery (coriander & cardamom) finish. This is a fruity sweet artisanal Gin, capable of transporting one back to another time and place.

This, we believe, is a sweetened version of their original Bathtub Gin and makes a pleasing sipping option. This also makes a fine sweet Gin & Tonic, Martini or Tom Collins, ideal for when the mood takes. Given this was the usual style of Gin originally used in the first known cocktails this is an excellent choice for the likes of a Martinez.  

Unfortunately we have only had a limited amount of this Gin to sample. However, it gives every indication of versatility and displays the same excellent quality found in the Professor Cornelius Ampleforth range of spirits. Yet another big thank you to Ben Ellefson and all the team at Master of Malt.

Awards & Accolades

Silver Medal, Gin Masters, 2015.



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