You’ll find Tom’s Town Distilling Co. in Kansas City, Missouri, where the founders say it “draws its name and inspiration from the country’s most polarizing and corrupt political boss, Tom Pendergast.” That’s right, folks, now you can happily name your business after a corrupt politician. We really are living in the future!
Tom’s Town produces three spirits at present. Today we look at the company’s gin, called McElroy’s Corruption, named after an old (corrupt, of course) KC city manager named Henry McElroy, who worked for Pendergast. Who knows what McElroy liked to drink, but let’s imagine for now it was gin. Botanicals are not disclosed.
Stylistically, this gin approximates a New Western gin, aromatic on the nose with spicy notes well beyond juniper — lots of florals, burlap, nutmeg, and coriander. The palate is a bit more straightforward, with juniper and a squeeze of citrus leading into heavy coriander and angelica notes — more traditional London Dry in its approach. The finish is herbal and piney — no big mystery, really.
90 proof. Rebranded in 2019 as Tom’s Town Botanical Gin.
B+ / $33 / toms-town.com