This review is going to be a bit different, because this time I’m not reviewing a restaurant and I’m not reviewing a bar – instead I am reviewing Old Tom Gin experience!
I was invited to the launch party for Langley’s Old Tom Gin, and not really knowing what to expect from the night, I was just completely blown away. The event itself was slick, informative, interactive, and fun! All the staff there ensured they met and spoke with everyone who was invited. The food served was created by the Disappearing Dining Club, who made appetisers, main course and dessert to compliment the era in which Langley’s began. My highlight had to be the incredible venison stew with dumplings and the moorish eggy bread with raspberry compot!
Ok, so enough about the amazing people and food. Now we MUST talk about the gin! On arrival we were handed an ice cold glass of Langley’s Old Tom Gin with sugar syrup, soda water and lemon. It was extremely refreshing and went down so easily! We then moved into another room where we were given a brief history of Langley’s gin and how gin began in London back in the early 1800s. We had shots of Genever, Langley’s London Dry, and then ended on the gin we were all here for, the Old Tom. The Genever was quite harsh, strong and a little too overpowering for me. The London Dry was fab, but tasted like a standard gin.
The Old Tom however, really was something special, so warming at the back of the throat, strong but not overpowering, with a hint of spice. I’d easily drink it straight as it really doesn’t need to be drunk with a mixer at all!
Next served was a gorgeous Hot Toddy with none other than Langley’s Old Tom. Now I’m a huge mulled wine fan but boy did this drink blow mulled wine out of the water. All the recipes are on Langley’s website so I’ll definitely be making Hot Toddy’s for all at Christmas this year!
We finished the evening with a quick cocktail making masterclass, all getting to make a Martinez. I’ve never had a Martinez before so I was extremely proud of myself for making one (obviously we had the help of the barman). It was great fun to really play around with this gin all night, trying it straight, trying it hot, trying it with a mixer and finishing with it in a cocktail. It just goes to show how versatile this gin really is!
I’ve got myself a bottle in my drinks cupboard now and I can’t wait to start drinking it. Goodbye old gin, hello Old Tom!!
Check their masterclass out at Taste of London next week!