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6 Oct 20116:23 am
Old Tom Gin was distilled in London in the 19th century by a family that owned a pub called "Old Tom." The name comes from a black Tomcat that hung outside the pub. Passersby would place a coin in the cat and a shot of gin would pour out of its mouth. Recently, the original receipe was discovered and is now marketed by the Hayman's Distillers and imported into the US. It is available on the East Coast, even in Maryland with its arcane distribution laws. My source for the origin comes from Jason Wilson, author of "Boozehound-On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits," and a contributer to the Washington Post.
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