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An original in their category, the Hayman family is the oldest gin-distilling family in London, having started their work in 1863. Company founder James Burrough was the great-great-grandfather of the current chairpersons, Miranda Hayman and James Hayman. Burrough was a true pioneer in the history of gin, innovating both process and profile. Not long after the Single Bottle Act of 1861, which allowed gin to be sold in bottles, Burrough set out to develop cleaner and more expressive profiles made possible with glass packaging. He employed a more expansive set of botanicals than his predecessors, and drew accolades as the first to employ citrus. The resulting profiles set a new standard that, for many drinks enthusiasts, remain benchmarks for traditional English gin.

From the earliest days, Burrough produced a variety of gin styles. There was a navy-strength gin that was procured by the Admiralty at the Royal Dock on the Thames. Highly prized was his Old Tom gin, the leading style of the Victorian era. A counterpoint to this was his ‘Black Cat’, a London Dry style. A variation on this London Dry was ‘Olde Chelsey’, named for the distillery’s location. Decades later, his company gained recognition overseas with a different London dry gin named to honor the palace guard. At the dawn of the cocktail revival in the early 2000s, the family once again drew accolades with the reintroduction of their Old Tom recipe.

All of Hayman’s historic gins maintain the same production methods and recipes from their inception over 150 years ago. The defining production methods of Hayman’s Gin include: use of three small copper-pot stills; 24-hour maceration of botanicals, for true concentration; and the use of 10 core classic botanicals in varying proportions depending upon style. As a group, Hayman’s Gins have the depth, balance, and rich juniper core to provide the ideal base for the complete canon of gin cocktails.

    Hayman’s London Dry Gin bottle

    Hayman’s London Dry Gin

    England 47.0% ABV

    47.0% ABV

    The benchmark of tradition, with a recipe and process unchanged in over a century. Hayman’s London Dry Gin gives a full dimensional London Dry profile, built from a mix of 10 botanicals, accented by a bit of citrus. This structure, along with the traditional 47% alcohol, allows Hayman’s London Dry to show full flavor and focus when diluted. This gin is unmatched as a base for the full range of classic gin cocktails, from high-dilution sours (such as the French 75) to striking Martinis at any proportion of gin to vermouth. The aromatic intensity of this gin makes it the ideal Martini gin, even at the classic 1:1 proportion. Full details

    Hayman’s London Dry Gin label
    Hayman’s Vibrant Citrus Gin bottle

    Hayman’s Vibrant Citrus Gin

    England 44.4% ABV

    44.4% ABV

    The Hayman family was the first gin distiller in London to use citrus as a key botanical more than 150 years ago. Hayman's Vibrant Citrus Gin has a rich juniper backbone complemented by the vivid aromas and flavors of distilled citrus: mandarin, pomelo, kumquat and Persian lime. The depth and brightness of this gin is the result of distilling the sun-dried fruit peels together with the classic ten Hayman’s botanicals, as part of a unique two-day process. Hayman's Vibrant Citrus adds zest to a Martini, a burst of freshness to a Gin and Tonic or Gin and Soda, or citric depth to any gin sour. Full details

    Hayman’s Vibrant Citrus Gin label
    Hayman’s Royal Dock Navy Strength Gin bottle

    Hayman’s Royal Dock Navy Strength Gin

    England 57.0% ABV

    57.0% ABV

    The Hayman family and its forebears have supplied this very same bright and robust gin to both the British Admiralty and trade from 1863. The family delivered to the Royal Dock of Deptford, the largest of the three Admiralty Victualling Yards. Bottled at “Navy Strength,” 100 proof by weight equating to 114 by volume, Royal Dock delivers flavor with efficiency where other gins wither in dilution, such as at outdoor patios or poolside. Enjoy with tonic or in a Gimlet with lime, sugar and ice. From the 10 Hayman’s botanicals, Royal Dock emphasizes angelica and coriander for pepperiness, and licorice root for a creamy texture. Full details

    Hayman’s Royal Dock Navy Strength Gin label
    Hayman’s Old Tom Gin bottle

    Hayman’s Old Tom Gin

    England 41.4% ABV

    41.4% ABV

    Hayman’s Old Tom Gin is a rich and rounded style of gin that was the gin of choice in the 19th Century, made to the family’s original recipe as then produced. Relative to London Dry Gin, the Old Tom style imparts a more complex and flavorful taste experience, with a slight sweetness that pleasantly rounds out the botanical base. From the 10 Hayman’s botanicals, the Old Tom Gin emphasizes juniper and two types of cinnamon. Old Tom gin is the key ingredient in classic cocktails such as the Martinez, Tom Collins and Ramos Gin Fizz. Its depth and rich profile make for an ideal Aviation or French 75. Full details

    Hayman’s Old Tom Gin label
    Hayman’s Sloe Gin bottle

    Hayman’s Sloe Gin

    England 26.0% ABV

    26.0% ABV

    A traditional English liqueur made by infusing gin with the sloe berries of the Blackthorn tree which grows throughout the British Isles. Hayman’s Sloe Gin is made from a family recipe dating back many generations. Wild English sloe berries are gently steeped for several months with Hayman’s London Dry Gin before blending with just a little natural sugar to create this rich liqueur. Hayman’s adds no additional colors, vanilla, or other flavors. To the taste it is a rich ruby with bittersweet berry flavors and hints of cinnamon, clove and ginger. Drink in classic cocktails, sparkling wine, or with soda in a traditional fizz. Full details

    Hayman’s Sloe Gin label