As Day 21 of A Muddled Thought’s Gin Madness, lets jump over to the Oregon and the Ransom Distillery. Founded in 1997, by Tad Seestedt, Master Distiller, the distillery started off producing wine which was their main product output until 2007 when whiskey and gin’s were added to the line-up. Two years later, the year’s 2009 and Ransom releases its latest project Old Tom Gin.
A recipe that was two years in the making as well as a apet project of Ransom’s Master Distiller, Tad Seestedt who worked with esteemed spirits historian, author and mixologist Dave Wondrich to perfect this modern take on Old Tom Style Gin.
Botanicals including juniper, coriander, angelica, as well as orange and lime are infused with a small amount of high proof corn spirit. This is then blended with a barley-based whisky. This blended spirit is then sent through a final distillation via a copper pot still before being placed in oak barrels to age for a brief period of time.
As one of the only two Old Tom style gins on the market(the other Haymans),be prepared for a spirit unlike anything you’ve probably tried before. Even before you take that first sip, Ransom Old Tom teases you with aromas of sweet cardamon. Once you put this elegant liquid to the palate it grabs you with hints of lemon, honey, that leads into minute inklings of sweet peppermint and the occasional presence of corn.
As you delve deeper into Ransom, notes of pistachio, dough and the touches of cherries reveal themselves before bidding you adieu with a soothing lemon finish.
Tad Seestedt, along with Dave Wondrich managed to succeed in creating an amazing example of Gin. In addition to being extremely sippable on it’s own, it also works very nicely in cocktails.
Playing with Time
1 3/4 oz Ransom Old Tom
Â¾ oz Maraschino
Â½ oz Lemon Juice
Â½ oz Simple Syrup
Shake with Ice
Rinse Coupe with Absinthe, then discard
The Three Year Sayonara
2 oz Ransom Old Tom
Â½ oz Velvet Falernum
Â½ oz Passion Fruit
Â½ oz Cinnamon Syrup
Â½ oz Lime Juice
A cap full of Pernod
Shake with Ice
Serve in Zombie or Collins filled with Crushed Ice
Top with Roughly 1oz Scarlet Ibis Trinidadian Rum
Garnish with Mint Spring