Gin Lane 1751’s name refers to two famous events in the history of the spirit. The second being the 1751 Gin Act that ended the worst excesses of the gin craze by ensuring it could only be sold to reputable merchants. The first is Gin Lane, a famous Hogarth drawing which illustrates London’s plight during the craze (less known than the picture itself is the fact that it was commissioned propaganda to boost sales of ale and beer). This gin was created through a partnership between upmarket London bar, the Bloomsbury Club, and Thames Distillers’s Charles Maxwell. Old Tom is a style of gin that had largely fallen out of fashion, but has recently seen a revival. This style is typified by sweeter and slightly less piney than London Dry, with a bit more earthy depth. This is a terrific example of the style: sweet and complex with a big hit of botanical flavour. Old Tom Gin is ideal for mixing into gin cocktails, and would have been the gin style of choice when many of the classic cocktails were first created.