Started with a small life savings and a fistful of credit cards, the Ransom Project was launched in 1997, with the distillery making small amounts of grappa, eau d¿vie and brandy. Gin and whiskey were added to the lineup in 2007. The Old Tom Gin was developed in collaboration with spirits historian/mixologist David Wondrich as an attempt to recreate a sweeter, richer style of gin that was popular before prohibition. It is produced in small batches by combining a malted barley spirit with corn spirits infused with botanicals. Its distinctive color comes from a period of barrel aging. Intense juniper meets candied citrus, earthy cardamom, spicy coriander, and a bourbonish caramel.