About Anchor Old Tom Gin
Tucked away in a warehouse near Potrero Hill in San Francisco, Anchor Brewing and Distilling Co. has been distilling alcohol by hand for 140 years. Its history can be traced back to 1849, when German brewer Gottlieb Brekle moved to San Francisco during the Gold Rush. Twenty years later, he bought a beer-and-billiards saloon and transformed it into Anchor Brewery.
It wasn't until Fritz Maytag, the pioneer of American craft distilling, began distilling rye at Anchor Brewery that Anchor Distilling was born. Three years after Maytag began experimenting with rye, "we realized distilling is fun," says Bruce Joseph, Anchor's master distiller, and Anchor Distilling was off and running.
Old Tom Gin, which peaked in popularity sometime in the late 19th century (before London Dry Gin came into favor), is known for being fuller-bodied and slightly sweeter than its more modern counterpart. Anchor Old Tom Gin stays true to this stylistic tradition, and is pot distilled with juniper berries, licorice root and star anise. In addition, Anchor uses one final, relatively obscure ingredient — Paraguayan stevia — which lends the gin its silky-smooth character and pleasant sweetness.
Anchor Old Tom Gin has a woodsy aroma of clay and star anise, which morphs into sweeter notes of pear, vanilla and cinnamon candy on the palate. The finish is long and complex, with licorice notes dominating amongst other hints of smoke and savory herbs.
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According to Winston Churchill, "The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire," referring to the British officers using it to treat malaria in India.
Initially made for medicinal purposes, gin gets most of its flavor from the juniper berries added after the distillation process. It sure has come a long way from the Middle Ages, with the introduction of new botanicals, fruits, and spices, bringing it closer to people of all flavor varieties.
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