Barr Hill Tom Cat Reserve Barrel Aged Gin
2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold Medal Winner
Notes of new, charred oak, baking spices, caramel, subtle honey, and juniper. Tom Cat Gin is an expedition into uncharted territories. Once distilled, Barr Hill ages the gin in new American oak barrels in search of a bolder expression. The robust character of the new oak barrel mingles with the coniferous quality of the juniper, yielding an enticing aroma. A touch of raw honey leaves this revolutionary spirit remarkably approachable, whether drinking neat or in a cocktail. When the world called for whiskey, they answered resolutely with gin.
Distilled from corn and finished with raw honey, this barrel-aged bottling is billed as a “modern day adaptation of Old Tom Gin,” a sweetened style. It has a burnished rose gold hue and the scent mingles honey and juniper. It's slightly sweet up front, with brisk pininess midpalate before it fades into vanilla and a surprising brush of peach.
This craft distillery is located in Montpelier, Vermont and inspired by the views from atop the Barr Hill Nature Preserve. Caledonia Spirits was founded on a vision to support working landscapes and local agriculture by making Barr Hill craft spirits from regional raw materials. Their mindful approach to distilling is influenced by Vermont's working landscape and the four seasons that so strongly define our place. The fermentation process captures the natural variation of wild yeast. With custom built stills that reflect their do-it-yourself ethos, their distillers skillfully select the heart of each batch. Raw honey is the distinguishing ingredient in each of our spirits, imparting a soft and subtle essence of wildflower nectars. To sip these spirits is to be transported to a wild place on the fringe of field and forest – this is Landcrafted.
Enjoying an enthusiastic resurgence in modern cocktail culture, Gin, a.k.a. ‘Dutch Courage,’ was originally touted as a 16th century cure for cowardice and stomach ailments. Arguably the broadest and most dynamic category of spirits in terms of flavor profiles and production styles, Gin is a distilled grain spirit that derives its primary flavor from juniper berries and secondary flavors from a dazzling array of spices, herbs, fruits and botanicals. It is both produced and enjoyed all around the world and is most commonly mixed into cocktails such as the Martini or simply added to tonic water.