The world called for Whiskey, they answered with Gin.
Nestled in the hills of Caledonia County, Vermont, the Caledonia Distillery started its journey in 1976 when its founder, Todd Hardy, bought a beehive at the tender age of 12 years old. After 48 years of bee-keeping and selling honey, Todd decided to try using raw honey in Spirits distillation. Based on a vision of creating quality Spirits and supporting local agriculture, Caledonia Spirits was born.
After a few — very successful — years selling Barr Hill Vodka and Barr Hill Gin (with each batch distilled in a custom-made extraction still), Todd handed the reins of the business over to the master distiller, Ryan Christiansen. But he didn't step away entirely; today, he stays true to the Caledonia Distillery's mission by running a farm to grow grains and fruits to go into their products.
By then, it was time for something a little different and Tom Cat Gin was born. Made to the same recipe as the original Barr Hill Gin, which contains just 2 botanicals — juniper and honey — Tom Cat Gin is then aged in new American oak barrels.
It launched in 2014 and was an unbelievable success, selling a year’s worth of stock in just 3 weeks. This is a sipping Gin; it's woody and peppery with the raw honey adding a rich sweetness to balance the whole thing out. Certainly one for Whiskey fans, too.
Feels like a good sipping gin. It has a strong flavor with clear honey notes.
Very unique flavor, one of the only gins that I drink straight or on the rocks. I have friends that don't like Gin but like Whiskey and loved this.
It was fun to drink, but not sure this is ever what I’m looking for when I want gin. Almost like an american - honey whiskey, except gin. Sweet, smells like forest
This was really different. Very smooth, great honey, but with a darker spice behind it. The nose was like pressing your face to a pine tree, which was kind of odd considering the flavor wasn't very pine-y at all.
Great discovery. Gin + Honey + Barrel Aged. Everything I like and well done.
Wonderful gin. Smooth, a bit sweet with honey notes, with wood and caramel coming across strong. This is a delight to sip. My only previous experience with Old Tom gin was Ransom Old Tom. This is dramatically better in every way.
Liked it. Tasted more like a bourbon, but really good sipper.
Drinks like a whisky
Different, but surprisingly good.
This was a repeat purchase of Tom Cat Gin. It is now a staple of my bar. I reach for it when I want something different from a sour mash.
Very pleasantly surprised with this gin. I'd had their regular honey gin before, and it was nice but didn't knock my socks off. My wife bought this because she loves honey, and when we used it as a replacement in a Manhattan it was delicious. Not sure its a sipper like some other barrel-aged gins (looking at you Ransom Old Tom and St. George Dry Rye Reposado), but an interesting replacement for bourbon/rye in many cocktails.
Sweet, herbal, then sweet. Definitely not what you traditionally think of gin but delicious.
I don't know if I maybe ate something before tasting this that ruined my palate for it, but it just really doesn't work for me.
Didn't really taste much like gin, or much like whiskey, and there's probably a reason that so few cocktail recipes call for both.
Might be willing to give it a second chance if I can find somewhere to taste it, but wouldn't buy a bottle based on my current impression.
Never had Tom Cat Gin, so I was caught off guard by the oaky sweetness right off the bat. Gives way to a drawn out honey finish.
First gin I enjoyed neat
Just ordered a full bottle after having this in a tasting box. its unusual for a gin, and with tonic was ok, martini would be good, other mixed drinks would lend well to it.
Sweet-mild; no bite
I had no idea what to expect with this and I was blown away with the profile. Layers of flavors, explosions in the mouth with a lengthy linger. Definitely a gin for bourbon or whisk(e)y lovers which myself and another w drinker agreed when tasting. Spicy, zippy, hints of forest flavors. Most unique gin I've ever tasted.
Had a strong clove flavor that didnt work as a gin. That particular flavor overpowered the delicate gin herbal notes. Not good in a classic gin and tonic.
Tastes like a cheap whiskey that was left out in its glass overnight...
Love child of gin and whiskey. Tastes more like whiskey than gin to me. Carmel, oak, sweet. Really the only thing that makes it fun IMO is the juniper. Might be a good way to introduce someone to whiskey.
Smooth, sweet, and easy to drink. It doesn’t taste like a gin, but doesn’t quite taste like whiskey. Its really good, but definitely not for someone who is a gin purest. Give it a try with an open mind.
If you have ever been to an old colonial village and walked into those old houses, well this tastes like those buildings smelled.
Ok for a gin but too sweet. Aging helps with more complex flavors.
On the sweeter side with subtle caramel notes. Very smooth served neat
Like drinking Old Spice aftershave. Did not enjoy.
I'm not a gin guy. This tastes like honey and is smooth, really can't taste the alcohol at all. Pretty much sums it up.
I love this gin, it's unique....more mellow than other gins and, being a whiskey lover, I enjoyed this a lot.
Delicious! It leads with sweet notes of honey and finishes with a warm spicy juniper hug.
Raw honey and Caramel flavors shine through the botanicals and peppery aftertaste. Amazing straight but mixed with lemon juice and raw honey syrup makes this the Bee's Knees.
I am not a whiskey drinker so Thai is not my fave gin. Prefer a much cleaner gin
It is an aromatic gin, new charred American White Oak brings out closing notes of clementines, banana, caramel, & sawdust. It is unique with a whiskey character that finishes dusty & mellow. (2016 Barrel / Batch 3)
WOW!! One sip and I knew this bottle belongs in my collection. Truly a sipping gin, no need to add anything to it.
It is a sweet gin - but in a wonderful way, with complex sweets of honey and juniper from smell-to-taste. All adult members of the family love this - and it's one we 'must always keep in stock.'
Very unique taste for a gin, great during the fall and winter months due to the spice flavor, served best with cube of ice
Unique, interesting and a bit too sweet.
Makes a great and unique cocktail.
Very good in a Negroni.
The “I can’t believe it’s not whiskey” of Gins
Tastes just like envelope adhesive.
Great sipping gin
While Gin is not my “go to” liquor, I very much enjoyed this one with just a spritz of lemon.
This is my type of Gin. The sent is everything highlighted in the description, from woods and pines to sweetness and honey. Now the taste is very forested with pine, oak, and hints of juniper berry which transitions to caramel and honey. The lasting sweetness followed by honey and woodsy flavors is a well balance of nature sweet transitions of the Gins life cycle. Not truly a gin drinker but this is one I wouldn't mind shelving.
Favorite sipping drink of all time.
My wife is the Gin drinker, Bombay with tonic water. I ordered this for her and we love it, on our second bottle now. If you enjoy gin, b it want to try something different then absolutely give it a try.
Great sipper. Honey and oak just go so well together!
Strong on the juniper, giving a piney taste. Three cubes of ice and it mellows, with a waxy finish. I would buy again.
Not a huge fan
Great stuff. If you’re into something different I totally recommend it.
gin, bourbon and a honey bee got together and made this deliciousness....
Smokey, sweet, hint of ginger ale.
If a gin and a rum had a baby, and that baby grew up beautiful and sassy it would be this gin.
Enjoy this and add it to your bar.
Reminds me of tree sap. It's almost like a hybrid spirit between rum, whiskey, and gin.
This gin gets tastier with every sip 😋
This barrel aged gin is a delight to sip neat, with sweet honeyed notes blending really nicely with the sharp and expected juniper and pine. Tastes like a whiskey with uncommon nuance. Best aged gin I've tasted.
Color is amber. Nose is rich honey, with a background of juniper. Further nosing shows subtle citrus notes. First sip is viscous, which, paired with the rich honey notes, almost makes it feel like honey. The juniper is present, but fairly muted by the honey. Notes resembling citrus, but may actually be a variation of the juniper, show later in the palate. Finish is just an extension of the citrusy/juniper note with maybe a little spice note. Overall, enjoyable but maybe a little bland when served neat. When paired with 3:1 Fevertree Aromatic Tonic Water, actually gets to be a little better, as the Angostura nicely complements the juniper and honey.
Tastes like a full cocktail distilled into a spirit. Really interesting and really delicious gin. A little sweeter than most, but smooth and very easy to sip on
A GREAT GIN! Friends that have never liked Gin found this one very tasty and it has become a bit of a holiday tradition in the winter.
Fantastic gin! The barrel aging gives it a nice, smooth, almost rummy flavor, with a strong juniper taste to remind you you're drinking gin. Deifnitely my favorite gin at the moment, great both straight and with tonic.
Best Tom cat I’ve ever had
Really fascinating complex flavors. Good sipping gin. Sweet but not cloying, slight medicinal nose, but does not come through on the palate.
This was definitely the sweetest gin I've tasted, and for me that's not necessarily a positive thing. Coming from much more herbal and floral gins, this wasn't really what I was looking for. However, what others here are saying is true: it feels more like a sweet bourbon or rum, except with a juniper base. If those are your shtick then I imagine you'll be quite happy.
Currently my favorite gin, with a strong juniper flavor to enhance the experience. I prefer this to Barr Hill's other gin, but if someone finds the juniper too powerful they may find the Barr Hill base gin to be a better experience.
Good but a little too sweet for more than one drink. Nice strong juniper flavor.
I was blown away with how good this is. I'm a whiskey and aged rum fan and this hits a lot of the same notes. The honey adds the slightest sweetness and balances the spice of the pepper. I got this in a tasting box and will definitely add it to my regular go-to favorites in my home bar. Very nice!
My favorite spirit of all time. Raw honey flavor is forward in a great way, not sweet, just flavorful. It's a gin, but finishes like a whiskey, super smooth, the only spirit I prefer to drink straight.
Smell: caramel, sugar. Taste: Almost like a rum. Honey is definitely forward. Not the typical bite you expect with gin. Body: thick and syrupy. Finish: sugary with a small bite. Wasn’t a huge fan on its own, but mixed with a fentimans tonic it is totally amazing!!!!
Wow! Such a sweet, subtle floral nose with a warm, whiskey like finish.
Too much honey sweetness for my taste. Love the legs, body and oaky/ caramel bourboness but just can’t over come the honey.
Surprisingly delightful! Rather than adding sweetness, the honey characteristic provides another layer of depth and helps with carry and soften it's peppery note. I was concerned by this gin's color and profile notes, but it really is lovely and nice to sip on its own! Definitely a treat to any home bar!
Very tasty. Not as much sweetness as you might think from the honey being present, just adds a touch but interesting character. This with club soda and a lemon wedge is a spectacular drink.
I don’t normally drink Gin neat, however there is so much flavor, that you would be doing yourself a disservice if you mixed it.
I had planned to drink this with a mixer after reading the profile notes, but ended up driving it neat. You're completely right that creating a cocktail would be a disservice!
Amazing - like gin, like whiskey... the best of both worlds. Favorite way to enjoy- simply on the rocks.
wow. that's pretty good gin. Never enjoyed gin as a sipper, but this one is different. especially with a splash of water. Sweet. Honey and juniper. Simple. Not your average gin.
This is my favorite sipping gin. All the flavors are subtly mellow by the again. I was already a fan of Bar Hill. Ready to order my next bottle.
Best gin I have had is long while, nice flavor. Great on the rocks with s piece of orange
Subtle sweetness from the honey is amazing.
First time having aged gin. It is now among my favorites
Wow this was delicious as a GT! I love the sweetness from the honey, will definitely buy another bottle
A G&T with Tom Cat made me like G & Ts again. This one is not for you if you like them dry, but hints of honey and other earthy flavors are readily available to the nose making for a more complex spirit.
Makes a decent Manhattan with sweet vermouth and bitters, I must say...
Also, a hint of clove. Not sure I like that.
I'll have to have a few more sips. But first impressions: Leather, juniper, then cinnamon with a sweet finish. A different gin than what I'm used to.
By itself I would serve after dinner to replace a sherry or even a grappa. This gin can cover both. Curious to try it as a perfect martini so I can pull in some sweet vermouth.
I loved this! It’s the perfect marriage of what I love about both whiskey and gin!
Strong honey flavor and a pine finish - sweet and refreshing, but with warm depth. I usually stick to scotch but this was lovely!
Not bad has a wintry, autumn feel to it. Love the sweet taste and isn't too harsh.
Smooth honey, tropical notes and juniper. Very well made. Love it.