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Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat Gin*Packaging may vary

Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat Gin

Aged Gin /43% ABV / Vermont, United States

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Aged Gin
Vermont, United States

Product description

Barrel aged 4-6 months in new, charred American White Oak, Tom Cat is a completely unique gin with whiskey-like notes of oak, spice and a finish of juniper and raw honey. Tom Cat is the modern day adaption of 18th century England’s most revered spirit, Old Tom gin. After gin was outlawed by the Spirits Act of 1750, rebellious pub owners would hang a wooden plaque shaped like a black cat to inform the passerby of their defiance of the ban. Deposit a few pennies through the cat’s mouth and a bartender would pour a ration of Old Tom to be sipped through a tube between the cat’s paws.

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  • Nathan
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    Quite a unique flavor doesn’t taste like a traditional gin but still an amazing taste..

  • bianca
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    amazing stuff. drink over a few ice cubes with a squeeze of fresh lemon and lime juice! perfection!

  • Xavier
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    This is one of the most unexpected, savory, floral, slightly sweet gins I’ve ever experienced. I cannot believe this level of flavor and uniqueness is available at this price point. Tom Cat is a wild ride with a lot of turns, from the clear lavender undertones to the classic gin herbaceous overtones, to the sweet linger and slight bite on the nose. I have had a lot of different liquors, and collect quite a few hard to get bottles…this is one that I hope never hits the mainstream. It’s a sleeping giant. Every person I’ve introduced it to - gin drinkers from London to scotch stalwarts to rum aficionados from the Caribbean - LOVE this bottle and are blown away. It gets a good night with a few friends going, and all for under 70 bucks.

  • Sam

    This aged gin drinks like a bourbon with a hint of juniper spice and some roundness from the raw honey! I don't know of any other gin being aged in new charred American white oak barrels! wow

  • Nicole
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    Perfection in a bottle and worth every $$ I drink it straight or in an Old Fashioned.

  • Chris
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    Worth every $

  • Michael B.
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    Huge fan. Love the taste of raw honey.


When gin is aged — which isn’t the norm — the act occurs in oak barrels. Whereas spirits like whiskey need a significant amount of barrel time to develop more character, gin doesn’t have to spend much time in a barrel to take on flavors of the wood. Its light body allows a barrel’s woody nuttiness to make a standout appearance after only a couple of months.
Gin doesn’t require a long aging period, which often ranges from three to 18 months. Because the spirit has a delicate flavor and a light body, flavors from the barrel will become noticeable after short stays. Gins with longer aging periods can pick up strong nutty flavors and a noticeable woodiness.
Gin is not usually aged. In fact, gin is only federally recognized as an unaged spirit. The reason gin is typically unaged is that its botanicals and distillation process results in a product that’s ready to head out the door. Those who age gin do so in barrels and are seeking a way to add a particular distinction to their flavor profiles.
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