The Tale of Two Misfits
Besotted with gin, a lifelong urge to indulge our creative minds and after a yearlong research project on the craft distilling industry, two misfits – Mike Sayers and Jayde Maasdorp – left a combined corporate life of nearly 40 years, jumped on the bandwagon and launched South Africa’s first Old Tom Gin in December 2016.
Old Town Gin
Black Meerkat Old Town Gin has been crafted using an Old Tom recipe. We use only the finest Cane Neutral spirit which is distilled once using a unique copper catalyzation process. Each of the 11 carefully selected botanicals are placed in a Carter Head and is distilled in small batches using a modern technique called Vapour Infusion.
This technique allows the alcohol vapours to pass over the botanicals, condensing the complex aromas and flavours to form a fresher, more delicate tasting gin. Unlike the traditional Old Tom recipe, no sugar or artificial sweetener has been added. Instead, Liquorice Root, indigenous Rose Geranium, Star Anise and Pineapple Sage have been used to replicate the signature sweetness of Old Tom Gin.