It’s National Beer Day! Here at Gin Festival, we obviously tend towards gin rather than beer, but here’s a tipple that combines the best of both!
Young Tom is a wonderfully sweet and floral gin, hand-crafted by Eccentric Gin (the fabulously innovative, Welsh distillers). With fennel, wild sunflower and star anise as unusual botanical ingredients, it is rested for 6 weeks to fully develop its flavour.
We can hear the resounding “What’s that got to do with beer?” from here!
Well, in a way, Young Tom is made of beer. Specifically, the wash used to make Young Tom is made from a fermented IPA.
"What's a wash?" some amongst you ask. A wash is a fermented liquid used in the first step of the distilling process. This can be any fermented liquid, including, wine (which is used in G'Vine Floraison) or cider (which is partly used to make William Chase) but is normally a fairly flavourless alcohol derived from grain. This is then distilled or "washed" to remove impurities.
In the case of Young Tom, the wash is an Indian Pale Ale that is then refined to a clean, aromatic distillate used as the base for the gin. The beer base makes the gin smoother, warmer and more mellow than most; ideal for sipping neat.
So there you have it! Gin and beer in one, handy drink! Well, sort of...
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If you are a bit of gin lover or interested in finding a gin that you really like then the Gin Festival would be a perfect event for you.