The Jerry Thomas Project is no ordinary producer. Its headquarters are mysteriously difficult to find; hidden behind a secret door, down a nondescript street near Piazza Navona in Rome, and accessible only with a parola d’ordine; a password, obtained from a fortnightly changing riddle. Yes – you’ve guessed it; the Jerry Thomas Project is better known as Rome’s best speakeasy cocktail bar. Apart from its website and highly active Facebook page (an uncharacteristic feature for most on-trend speakeasies), the Jerry Thomas Project embodies 1920s 'prohibition chic', and is named after the 'father of American mixology' Jeremiah Thomas who popularised cocktails and influenced the development of modern mixology.
The Project is not just a tribute to Jerry Thomas however, it is also a rediscovery of forgotten Italian spirits, a celebration of prohibition drinks with an Italian twist and an advocate for high quality products made with high quality raw Italian ingredients. The Gin A La Madame really is a unique gin, displaying aromas from a carefully calculated blend that speaks primarily of juniper, lemon, orange, tansy, turmeric, cinnamon and cassia bark, and is particularly memorable for its freshness and intensity of the spices. On the palate, the Madame is beautifully warming, with a savoury, balsamic structure beneath the various herbs and spices. Although each ingredient, from juniper to cinnamon, is decipherable, they are all spun into a gorgeous overall flavour of juniper rich with floral and comforting medicinal notes. This core flavour is drawn out on the finish and yet continues to hold the characteristics of each layer.£5.71 per 100.00ml