House of Botanicals combats ‘bastardisation’ of pink gin

Jun 12, 2019by Owen Bellwood

Gin producer The House of Botanicals has released a raspberry-flavoured Old Tom expression in response to the "bastardisation of true pink gin".

Made with the addition of seasonal Scottish raspberries, House of Botanicals Raspberry Old Tom Gin was developed to “bring some balance” to the pink gin category. Production of the new gin begins in London with a distillation of juniper berries, angelica root, orris root, coriander seed, cassia bark, almond, orange peel and lemon peel. The gin is then transported to the brand’s facility in Aberdeen where saffron and raspberries are macerated in the liquid. To finish, the gin is lightly sweetened with cane sugar and diluted to a bottling strength of 47% abv. House of Botanicals Raspberry Old Tom Gin is described as being “lightly sweetened and botanically rich” with a “big punch of juniper at its heart”. The brand developed the new bottling following the “bastardisation of true pink gin” and out of a desire to “show that gin can still be true to its origin whilst possessing a subtle hint of natural raspberry flavour”. House of Botanicals Raspberry Old Tom Gin is available to buy from the distillery with an RRP of £31.95 (US$40) per 700ml bottling.