Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat Gin
Old Tom Gin
Barr Hill // Vermont, USA
Caledonia Spirits named their barrel-aged gin after the black cat sign that used to hang outside pubs following Gin Acts instituted by the English parliament in the 1730s. These acts raised the price of gin, opening a black market of illegal production, and the cat display was a "discreet" way for patrons to know if an establishment sold gin. To make Tom Cat Gin, the distillery takes their original Barr Hill Gin and ages it for 4 to 6 months in American oak barrels. It is bottled at 43% ABV.
Old Tom GinThis style is not legally defined, but in general, this style of gin is mildly sweet and is not juniper-forward. It falls in between London Dry Gin and Genever in terms of sweetness level.
Cask TypeAmerican oak
"Not unlike the original Barr Hill Gin, the juniper doesn't come on too strong this interpretation of Old Tom. Instead, the palate reveals floral and honeyed notes woven throughout with a rounded caramel sweetness. An oaky flavor is present, but not overwhelming. Though it would likely overwhelm some classic gin cocktails, it will do well as a substitute for whiskey in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan."