Gin Review

House of Elrick Old Tom Gin

A classic example of the Old Tom style of gin, this is as sweet as expected, but also beautifully dry and thus ideal for mixology or sipping.

Tasting notes:

Nose:  Less aromatic than the original, a nice balance of citrus and floral with a hint of sweetness

Taste: The addition of syrup takes the edge of the strong, bold flavours you find in the original version of this gin, but you still get the earthy juniper, floral rose petal and zesty citrus coming through in a much sweeter taste.

Finish: Smooth, sweet with a hint of spice


  •  juniper
  • coriander seeds,
  • angelica root
  • citrus peel, built
  • heather
  • pink peppercorns
  • sweet fennel
  • rose petals.

(The gin is also made with added syrup and fresh water from Loch Ness)

Perfect serve

The sweetness of this gin makes it perfect for cocktails and we tried it in a classic Martinez – it was divine. Otherwise, you can just sip over ice, or even with tonic and lemon for a sweeter G&T.


The House of Elrick Story

The historic Elrick House in Aberdeen has a rich and enlightened history, far too long to go into here. Its gin story begins now, in 2018, when Stuart Ingram, owner and founder of House of Elrick gin, started distilling the gin in a new purpose-built distillery in the grounds.

Previously distilled under contract in Surrey, the House of Elrick Gin range have come home and plans are underway for a visitor centre at the house (currently under renovation) that will include a restaurant and gardens where the botanicals will be grown. Stuart purchased the family B-listed home in 2014 and until recently self-funded the work to the estate, but recently successfully crowdfunded a sum to complete the work.  He also famously turned down an offer of investment from a dragon in a bid to keep the house in family ownership.

The Old Tom gin is based on the original House of Elrick Gin and infused with syrup for a sweeter taste.


A wonderful mix of elegantly traditional and edgy modern, we really love this bottle. The sophisticated and expensive-looking matt black glass and white lettering is offset by the menacing looking Tom in a smart shirt that’s embossed beneath.  A slimmer bottle shape than the original House of Elrick gin with a long neck and cork stop. The reverse bears the words “Puss? Mew.”, a nod to the origins of the Old Tom style of gin on the streets of 17th century London.

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