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Bathtub gin originally referred to any style of homemade spirit made in amateur conditions. The term first appeared in 1920 in the prohibition-era United States, in reference to the poor quality alcohol that was being made in home bath tubs and mixed into cocktails to disguise its coarse flavour. Obviously, this contemporary version is not that sort of gin.
Bathtub Gin is created using the traditional method of ”cold compounding” . Very high quality copper pot-still spirit is infused with juniper, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.
Production is restricted to ultra-small batches of only 30-60 bottles at a time, and the length of the compounding period is controlled entirely by periodic sampling.
The result is a gin that’s lightly tinted by the botanicals, and with a flavour which is both bold and perfumed all at once. Packaged using brown paper, string and wax, the striking presentation is reminiscent of a Victorian apothecary.