Tommy’s Gin is a complex gem of a gin that deserves to be sipped slowly and savoured whilst the flavours reveal themselves.
A Little Bit of Background
The Isle of Skye Distillers Ltd was founded by brothers Thomas and Alistair Wilson and the limited edition Tommy’s Gin was created in memory of their father Tommy Wilson who passed away in late August 2016.
Tommy served in the military and took part the Suez invasion. To pay respect to his and other soldiers’ service the Wilson brothers donate proceeds from every bottle of Tommy’s Gin to local military charities.
- Poppy seed
- Blaeberries (Scottish Blueberries)
- Orange peel
- Liquorice root
The shape of the bottle is similar to sister gin Misty Isle Gin in the way the glass below the neck is shaped ridge-like, imitating the undulating features of the Skye landscape.
The imagery contained on the label is inspired by the Commando memorial, near Spean Bridge on Skye which the brothers pass every week as they deliver the gin to the mainland. The memorial is one of the UK’s best-known war monuments.
The red wax seal tops the bottle, as bright red as a poppy flower.
On the Nose
Citrus and juniper are the dominant forces that push through after the stopper is popped. Although strong they are inviting, not overpowering, almost masking the array of flavours to come when the liquid hits the taste buds.
Over ice the taste is complex – bittersweet in nature due to the combinationof the juniper tang, the tartness of the blaeberries and the citrus-forward sweetness of the orange.
The poppy seed botanical provides a pleasantly subtle nutty lingering aftertaste. There’s also a hint of liquorice lurking in the background too.
All in all it’s a lovely gin to sip slowly and savour the complexity.
Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic Water brought citrus notes to the fore, making for a deliciously sweet and tangy G&T.
I also tried mixing with ginger beer which took the gin in a totally different direction and added a welcome bit of fire to the back of the palate.
I’d recommend to try both these mixers in different sittings to experience the enjoyable and drastically different flavour directions.
Blueberries are the must have garnish Tommy’s Gin to further enhance the sweet blaeberry botanical.
The Perfect Serve
Isle of Skye Distillers suggest serving Tommy’s Gin with a wedge of lemon and Walter Gregor’s Tonic with ice or a twist of lemon and fresh blueberries.
Tommy’s Gin is a beautifully crafted and complex gin. It boasts moments of sweet citrus merged with bitter notes that balance perfectly.
There are many levels to this gin that can be explored through experimentation with different garnishes and mixers. It’s a journey that’s worthwhile just like the aims of the charities that sales of the gin support.
Tommy’s Gin (70cl) 45%, is available to buy from the Gin Kin Shop priced at £37.50.