Made from a 100-Year-Old Illicit Gin Recipe
Now Supplying the Buckingham Palace
A family of bakers began distilling gin illegally in the late 18th century; the illicit yet uniquely compelling recipe is no longer illegal and now making the rounds in London’s drinking circles.
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Old Bakery - Original Gin
To the nose, Old Bakery comes across as any other decently standard gin, but, it has very good reason for it. The recipe for Old Bakery is as old as a hundred years. And, in that time, an aromatic botanical gin would have caused an uproar in the market; not to mention, drawn a lot of unwanted attention. This is a straight-up, no-frills gin that showcases hints of what we believe to be juniper, coriander seed, liquorice root, and grapefruit peel.
On closer inspection (using our palettes of course), there appear to be more nuanced forward notes in the vein of zesty grapefruit and caramelised blood orange, followed by rooty textures that slow-mingle and gently flow down the throat with nary a burn. The level of smoothness here is an incredible achievement considering that Ron is virtually new to the art of distilling. It is also pretty amazing to behold how none of the flavours come out overly strong; leaving the gin solid in its state of grounded sophistication.
Old Bakery Gins are inspired by a secret, 100-year-old illicit recipe, and you can consider it a crime if you’ve never tried it.
In 2013 when Ian Puddick took over a couple of rundown properties, he would have never guessed the life-altering secret one of them harboured. The building; an old bakery, whose history Ian closely scrutinized, revealed that it had also alternated (very deviously) as an illicit gin distillery. Already an ardent fan of the spirit, Ian (after being convinced by a friend), was taken by the inspiration to track down the original recipe. Although the recipe itself never came into Ian’s hands, he did learn of its secret ingredients which amounts to the same thing. With a little improvisation on Ian’s part, the notorious gin of a century ago came into being; ironically under the brand name ‘Old Bakery’.
Rough-edged as its origin is, the present day reincarnation of this classic London Dry Gin is anything but. Refined for the new century, Old Bakery showcases an impressive level of sophistication with its smooth-flowing juniper, citrus, and floral notes. Perhaps as an homage to its past, the makers have infused an underlying lick of white pepper, that comes out as a gentle bite right at the end.
With a grounded soul and lofty ambitions, Old Bakery reinvents straight-laced spirits with a potent twist of modernism, igniting purpose in every moment of revelry.
BBC TV News Visits Old Bakery Gin in Palmers Green
“In a very crowded market where there are two to three new gin brands launching every week, the only way to stand out is to infuse as much crazy botanicals as you can. On the contrary, you have Old Bakery, which is a very simple and straightforward gin. But, it also has heritage and class. And, I think that is what our audiences fell in love with; that sense of long standing simplicity none of the newer brands could offer.”
Now after 100 years the once illegal gin is now legal. Get your hands on one of the smoothest Gins in London.