Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin

Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin

(0.75l, 43%)


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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
 
  • Category
    Gin
  • Style
    Gin
  • Region
    Vermont
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Caledonia Spirits Inc.
  • Age
    NAS
  • Maturation
    American oak barrels

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raw honey
caramel
pepper
sweet
juniper
oak
fruit
woody
pine
What does Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin taste like?

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Classifications of Gin: London Dry Gin, Plymouth Gin, Old Tom Gin, Genever or Dutch, New Western or new American or International style.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Caramel
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Wood, Pepper, Pine
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Oak, Caramel, Wood, Honey
 
Finish
Bold, Rich, Sweet
 

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Ratings & Reviews
Kevin
Kevin,
Feels like a good sipping gin. It has a strong flavor with clear honey notes.
 
Toby
Toby,
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.
 
ALEXANDER
ALEXANDER,
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
 
Ryan
Ryan,
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.
 
Bill
Bill,
Great discovery. Gin + Honey + Barrel Aged. Everything I like and well done.
 
Brian
Brian,
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.
 
Megan
Megan,
Liked it. Tasted more like a bourbon, but really good sipper.
 
Michael
Michael,
Drinks like a whisky
 
Sharnee
Sharnee,
Different, but surprisingly good.
 
Richard
Richard,
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.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
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.
 
Austin
Austin,
Sweet, herbal, then sweet. Definitely not what you traditionally think of gin but delicious.
 
Brian
Brian,
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.
 
Robert
Robert,
Good
 
John
John,
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.
 
Courtni
Courtni,
First gin I enjoyed neat
 
martin
martin,
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.
 
Robert
Robert,
Sweet-mild; no bite
 
Audrey
Audrey,
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.
 
Dennis
Dennis,
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.
 
Jared
Jared,
Tastes like a cheap whiskey that was left out in its glass overnight...
 
Ryan
Ryan,
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.
 
William
William,
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.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
If you have ever been to an old colonial village and walked into those old houses, well this tastes like those buildings smelled.
 
Mike
Mike,
Ok for a gin but too sweet. Aging helps with more complex flavors.
 
JESS
JESS,
On the sweeter side with subtle caramel notes. Very smooth served neat
 
Trevor
Trevor,
Like drinking Old Spice aftershave. Did not enjoy.
 
Brian
Brian,
Tasty
 
Solomon
Solomon,
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.
 
Matt
Matt,
I love this gin, it's unique....more mellow than other gins and, being a whiskey lover, I enjoyed this a lot.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Delicious! It leads with sweet notes of honey and finishes with a warm spicy juniper hug.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
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.
 
Teri
Teri,
I am not a whiskey drinker so Thai is not my fave gin. Prefer a much cleaner gin
 
Antti
Antti,
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)
 
Rusty
Rusty,
WOW!! One sip and I knew this bottle belongs in my collection. Truly a sipping gin, no need to add anything to it.
 
Ashley
Ashley,
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.'
 
Brady
Brady,
Very unique taste for a gin, great during the fall and winter months due to the spice flavor, served best with cube of ice
 
Larry
Larry,
Unique, interesting and a bit too sweet.
 
Bennett
Bennett,
Makes a great and unique cocktail.
 
Pete
Pete,
Very good in a Negroni.
 
Alex
Alex,
The “I can’t believe it’s not whiskey” of Gins
 
Leah
Leah,
Tastes just like envelope adhesive.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Great sipping gin
 
Matthew
Matthew,
While Gin is not my “go to” liquor, I very much enjoyed this one with just a spritz of lemon.
 
Michael
Michael,
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.
 
Robert
Robert,
Favorite sipping drink of all time.
 
Ray
Ray,
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.
 
Paul
Paul,
Great sipper. Honey and oak just go so well together!
 
Michael
Michael,
Strong on the juniper, giving a piney taste. Three cubes of ice and it mellows, with a waxy finish. I would buy again.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Not a huge fan
 
Ray
Ray,
Great stuff. If you’re into something different I totally recommend it.
 
Virginia
Virginia,
gin, bourbon and a honey bee got together and made this deliciousness....
 
Gavin
Gavin,
Smokey, sweet, hint of ginger ale.
 
Bradley
Bradley,
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.
 
Huagang
Huagang,
Reminds me of tree sap. It's almost like a hybrid spirit between rum, whiskey, and gin.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
This gin gets tastier with every sip 😋
 
David
David,
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.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
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.
 
Scott
Scott,
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
 
John
John,
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.
 
Sean
Sean,
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.
 
Ro
Ro,
Best Tom cat I’ve ever had
 
Leah
Leah,
Really fascinating complex flavors. Good sipping gin. Sweet but not cloying, slight medicinal nose, but does not come through on the palate.
 
Teagan
Teagan,
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.
 
Justin
Justin,
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.
 
Catherine
Catherine,
Good but a little too sweet for more than one drink. Nice strong juniper flavor.
 
Rick
Rick,
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!
 
Christina
Christina,
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.
 
Robert
Robert,
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!!!!
 
Austin
Austin,
Wow! Such a sweet, subtle floral nose with a warm, whiskey like finish.
 
Mike
Mike,
Too much honey sweetness for my taste. Love the legs, body and oaky/ caramel bourboness but just can’t over come the honey.
 
Sonali
Sonali,
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!
 
Seth
Seth,
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.
 
Shane
Shane,
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.
Sonali
Sonali,
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!
Wesly
Wesly,
Amazing - like gin, like whiskey... the best of both worlds. Favorite way to enjoy- simply on the rocks.
 
Michael
Michael,
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.
 
Richard
Richard,
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.
 
Leon
Leon,
Best gin I have had is long while, nice flavor. Great on the rocks with s piece of orange
 
Kristen
Kristen,
Subtle sweetness from the honey is amazing.
 
Mark
Mark,
First time having aged gin. It is now among my favorites
 
Amber
Amber,
Wow this was delicious as a GT! I love the sweetness from the honey, will definitely buy another bottle
 
Anita
Anita,
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.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Makes a decent Manhattan with sweet vermouth and bitters, I must say...
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Also, a hint of clove. Not sure I like that.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
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.
 
Marie
Marie,
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.
 
Deborah
Deborah,
I loved this! It’s the perfect marriage of what I love about both whiskey and gin!
 
Christine
Christine,
Strong honey flavor and a pine finish - sweet and refreshing, but with warm depth. I usually stick to scotch but this was lovely!
 
Erin
Erin,
Awesome experience!
 
David
David,
Not bad has a wintry, autumn feel to it. Love the sweet taste and isn't too harsh.
 
Javier
Javier,
Smooth honey, tropical notes and juniper. Very well made. Love it.
 
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