The recipe used for Old English Gin dates back to 1783, one of many old recipes in the safe at Langley, and uses 11 botanicals. Ten of these botanicals are readily communicated by the brand owner Henrik Hammer (of Geranium Gin fame) and one is something of a secret. The ten are: juniper, coriander, lemon, orange, angelica, cassia, liquorice, cinnamon, orris and nutmeg.
A hidden message on the brand's graphics hints at the identity of the 11th botanical - the rounded triangular silhouette of the cross-section of a cardamom seed sits above the shield on the bottle.
Awards and Commendations
Bartenders Best Awards 2014, London - Old Tom Style
San Francisco International Spirits 2014 - Double Gold
Best in Show at the Fifty Best Gin 2014 in New York - Double Gold