Liquor review — Hayman’s Old Tom Gin

A new brand of gin, Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, has turned up on the shelves at my local liquor store, so before buying, I thought I’d do a little research on line.

I found what seemed like a most excellent review at

Clear with a silvery cast. Interesting aromas of graham cracker, almond, creamy lemon frosting, sweet spices, and delicate herbal juniper follow through on a soft, round entry to a sweet medium body with candied ginger and rose water accents. Finishes with a delicate spice cake with frosting -like fade with a touch of spun honey. Very confected and brilliantly so; use for vintage cocktails and other exotica.

How could one resist after reading this, so out I raced to purchase some Old Tom. After tasting the gin, I discovered that whoever wrote this review has no fucking idea what they are talking about. For try as I might, I could find no hint of “a delicate spice cake with frosting-like fade” anywhere. Wanker!

By the way, graham cracker? Lemon frosting? Candied ginger? Spice cake? Spun honey? WTF?!?!? Was this person reviewing a gin or a baking contest? You know what it tasted like? Gin!


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