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Review: Porter’s Tropical Old Tom Gin

Nora McElhone
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Porter’s Tropical Old Tom Gin offers an escape from the cold by providing a taste of paradise. Close your eyes and dream of summer.

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A Little Bit of Background

Hailing from the Granite City of Aberdeen, Porter’s Tropical Old Tom Gin is distilled in an innovative micro-brewery established by Porter’s Gin founders Alex, Ben and Josh.

The trio are on a mission to create light, refined gins via cold-distillation and built their own vacuum still in the basement of their bar in Aberdeen.

The second gin to be launched by the Porter’s stable, Tropical Old Tom stays true to the recipe for well balanced, high quality gin.

The Porter’s vacuum still distils botanicals at low temperatures, which means that the gin’s botanicals hold on to their fresh, natural flavours.

Botanicals

The traditional ones

  • Juniper
  • Coriander
  • Angelica
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Cassia
  • Orris root
  • Cinnamon
  • Liquorice
  • Almond

The tropical ones

  • Passion fruit
  • Guava
  • White tea

The Bottle

Clear and simple, the Tropical Old Tom bottle has a bit of a retro feel coming from the old school shape and oversized cork.

The label brightens the bottle with it’s tropical plants and subtle pinks and greens for a definite warm climate feel.

The Perfect Serve

Serve with premium tonic water, fresh passion fruit for a tropical G&T.

This is a gin that asks you to dive in and experience it’s fresh flavours. Light and fruity on the nose, the sweetness of the passion fruit also comes through.

Straight

On it’s own or over ice, this is a smooth gin that gives layers of flavour, the sweetness of the passion fruit and guava come through first, followed by the juniper hit and the citrus elements and even a touch of honey.

At 40% ABV this isn’t a gin that I would sit and sip as the kick of the alcohol really does come through.

With Tonic

Porter’s Tropical Old Tom Gin really comes into its own as a long drink. The perfect serve suggests premium tonic and fresh passion fruit but unfortunately, I didn’t have any to hand so opted for a slice of orange instead.

Served over lots of ice and topped up with regular tonic, this is a refreshing, clean drink with a zing that doesn’t often come with Scottish gins.

I would love to try the passion fruit garnish to see whether it further enhances those tropical botanicals for a drink to enjoy in the more summery months.

Lasting Impressions

A surprisingly sunny gin given it’s Aberdonian roots. I really enjoyed the fresh hit of this gin, especially with tonic and look forward to trying it in classic cocktails for a tropical twist which would be especially welcome in a British winter!

You can pick up a bottle of Porters Tropical Old Tom Gin (70cl) 40% ABV, at the Gin Kin Shop priced at £31.95.