Englishman John Burroughs began making gin in the 19th century at John Taylor & Co., where he most notably distilled Beefeater until the 1950s. Cousins of Burroughs, the Hayman family joined the company mid-century and eventually bought the Fine Alcohols Division (renamed Hayman's) and sold the Beefeater side. In 2007, Hayman's reintroduced the world to Old Tom Gin, the first on the market in over 60 years. Their line of gin is consistently considered one of the finest representations of old-world London styles.
Old Tom is a rich and rounded style of gin that was the gin of choice in the 19th Century. Relative to London Dry Gin, the Old Tom style imparts a more complex and flavourful taste experience. With its distinctive profile the Old Tom style of gin is the key ingredient in classic cocktails such as the Martinez, Tom Collins and Ramos Gin Fizz. Hayman Distillers is the longest serving family owned gin distillery in England. Hayman’s Old Tom is produced from an original recipe from the family archives.