Tomoka is named after the ship of one Bill McCoy, a legendary rum smuggler during US Prohibition in the 1920s.
Unlike the very questionable quality of most of the bootlegged spirits of that era (it was called bathtub gin for a reason…), Bill’s liquor had a reputation for impeccable quality. If you were drinking Bill’s stock you were drinking the finest spirits in the land. His shipments soon became known as the Real McCoy.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our products and search far and wide to bring you the very best independent producers, from the Champagne houses of Billecart-Salmon, Roederer and Gosset to the boutique gin distilleries of Two Birds in Leicestershire and Dodds in Battersea, South London. Please have a look at our Blog and Tastings pages for more information about out producers and products.
We like to think that the spirit of Bill lives on here at Tomoka Spirits Boutique (although, of course, our stock comes from much more reputable sources than his ever did!). Although there’s currently no Bill working here, we decided to pay homage to this early spirits connoisseur by adopting his name in our email address – you can always reach us at email@example.com – a decision that has caused no end of confusion with puzzled customers wondering why Bill is never around to answer the phone!