Englishman John Burroughs began making gin in the 19th century at John Taylor & Co., where he most notably distilled Beefeater until the 1950s. Cousins of Burroughs, the Hayman family joined the company mid-century and eventually bought the Fine Alcohols Division (renamed Hayman's) and sold the Beefeater side. In 2007, Hayman's reintroduced the world to Old Tom Gin, the first on the market in over 60 years. Their line of gin is consistently considered one of the finest representations of old-world London styles.
The botanicals are steeped in grain alcohol for a full day prior to distillation which allows the oils and essences from the botanicals to impart in to the alcohol. A consistent balance of juniper, coriander, lemon and orange peel is vital in creating this traditional style. Orris root, cinnamon, cassia bark and nutmeg give the dry characteristics and add to the depth of flavour.