Poor Toms Gin
Poor Toms Gin is a craft distillery based out of Sydney’s inner western suburbs, dedicated solely to the creation of unconventional, irreverent, world-class gins. In order to achieve this ideal, the boys behind the brand, Jesse and Griff require constant inspiration, focus and magic hence their dedication to distilling and nothing else.
The idea for Poor Toms Gin gave rise shortly after mates, Jesse and Griff emptied out their bank accounts to afford an old still with little more than a strong love and appreciation for the spirit as consumers. Now they’ve turned that love into a crowdfunded micro-distillery. With both having the middle name Tom and being completely broke following the transaction, the future distillery’s name seemed an obvious choice.
Since then, they’ve gathered a crew of wise locals and invited one of Australia’s most experienced gin distillers, Marcel Thompson, to join their team. Realising their own niche in a local Sydney based craft gin, the trio then set out to develop their own signature recipe the hard way, distilling 106 ingredients one at a time to get a sense of each flavour individually. “We sat opposite each other at a table for about four months. We each had our own small still, and we set about getting through all the ingredients.”
The trademark recipe they eventually landed on is truly unique. Poor Tom’s Sydney Dry Gin is unlike any other spirit after 10 botanicals are steeped and then distilled with our Australian wheat base alcohol to create a very unconventional taste.
Sydney Dry Gin 700ml, ABV: 41.3%
The final product is a dry, wheat-based gin flavoured with indigenous botanicals including strawberry gum (leaves) and lemon myrtle with chamomile and Granny Smith apple.
What’s it like?
According to the Poor Toms team, they used Granny Smith apples in place of citrus which can overpower many soft botanical notes, but also added lemon myrtle and chamomile to boost and bring out the apple notes.
Strawberry gum is a gum leaf with the aroma of strawberry and it takes the gin to a floral, fresh, fruity delicate flavour profile which is unlike London dry gins which are usually spicy and citrusy.
Freshly pressed granny-smith apples
Strawberry gum leaf
On the nose the juniper is clearly present, but is not dominating.
The flavour is crisp, with a subtle fruity sweetness and minimal heat.
It’s very smooth on the palate and makes a delicious G&T garnished with strawberry or raspberry and a bit of mint or basil.
Poor Tom’s Sydney Dry Gin recently scooped Gold at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017. Launched in 2000, the SFWSC is widely considered to be the most respected and influential spirits competition in the world.
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