It’s time to whip yourself up a Martinez, because on this exciting day at Anchor Distilling Company we are proud to be launching Anchor Old Tom Gin.
This is the third style of small-batch gin produced by the distillery which currently includes Junipero Gin, a classic London dry gin, and Genevieve, Genever-style gin. Anchor Old Tom, like its historical predecessors, is pot-distilled with juniper berries and other botanicals, slightly sweeter than modern London dry gin, and bottled unfiltered. Though produced with the traditional botanicals star anise and licorice root, Anchor Old Tom also features an unconventional ingredient—stevia. Sourced from Paraguay, the stevia contributes to the gin’s sweetness and creates a sophisticated, silky-sweet complexity that makes it perfect for mixing cocktails both old and new.
Anchor’s rakish tomcat featured on the label is a nod to Captain Dudley Bradstreet, who is rumored to have created an illicit gin “vending machine” on the streets of 18th-century London and advertised his product with the sign of a sly black cat. Customers put money through a slot in the cat’s mouth and Bradstreet would “bid them receive it from the Pipe under her Paw” while pouring it through a funnel.
“Anchor Distilling Co. has been at the forefront of artisanal distilling in America since 1993. Following this tradition we are delighted to announce the creation of Anchor Old Tom Gin. A truly historical category modernized through the judicious use of spices and stevia root. We believe our ‘Old Tom’ will be an essential addition to any well-made Collins or Martinez cocktail,” says David King, president of Anchor Distilling Company.
Anchor Old Tom Gin is bottled at 45% ABV with a Suggested Retail Price of $29.95
Today “The Spirits Business” released its list of The World’s 10 Most Pioneering Distillers, putting Nikka Whisky’s Masataka Taketsuru at the top of list, saying:
“Here, we pay tribute to distillers whose experimental visions have remoulded the industry, challenged restricting old structures and paved the way for a new generation of bright eyed imbibers…[Taketsuru] set up his own independent Japanese whisky distillery – Dai Nippon Kaju, which would be renamed as the Nikka Whisky Distilling Company – to employ the techniques he had learned in Scotland.”
Learn more about Nikka Whisky in the new Anchor Distilling Co. Portfolio Guide Digital Edition.
Perhaps we’re late to the party, or maybe we’re just super early for the next one. Either way, Anchor Distilling Marketers Alan Kropf & Meghan O’Brien answered ADC President David King’s ice bucket challenge. It should be noted that Mr. King originally challenged Liz “The Honeybadger” “Too Cool For School” “There’s No Way I’m Getting Ice Dumped On My Head” Brusca, who declined and had Meghan step up in her stead.
It went pretty well for the most part, except we used Kold Draft ice instead of normal people ice, which was like having ice rocks poured on your skull, but we survived. And then Meghan challenged the entire Anchor Distilling Co. Operations Department to brave the ice, which I’m not sure they’re up for, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Karlsson’s Gold Vodka is proud to be sponsoring a new potato research project by Camper English on his award-winning blog, Alcademics. Camper is very familiar with the production process behind Karlsson’s, and you can read about his experiences visiting the distillery and potato farms in this previous post “Karlsson’s Vodka: It’s In the Blend”.
In this first post of the new research project, Camper outlines the basics of potatoes, including some science and history. It’s worth noting that Karlsson’s uses a very special type of potato, called “virgin new potatoes.” These are heirloom varieties that can sell for over $100 a pound and are a delicacy in Sweden. They are harvested before the skins fully form, resulting in less starch and are a spectacular ingredient to make vodka from. Karlsson’s is full of weight and character, yet very authentic to the vodka category. Learn more at on the Karlsson’s website, and check out this post from the Anchor blog I wrote earlier in the year expanding on my thoughts about Karlsson’s and authentic character.
Wine Enthusiast just released their 2014 40 Under 40 winners, including Anchor Distilling Co. Director of Education Alan Kropf, saying:
“Beverage trends Michelangelo: A jack of all trades, Alan Kropf is certified through the Court of Master Sommeliers, the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, Cicerone Program and National Bartenders School. He is also president of Mutineer Magazine, and, last year, he joined Anchor Distilling Company.”
It’s been quite a couple of weeks for Anchor Distilling Co. and Wine Enthusiast, with Anchor Distilling Co. being nominated for a Wine Star award last week in the category of Spirit Brand / Distiller of the Year.