Barr Hill, the Vermont-based brand best known for producing its award-winning gin crafted by Caledonia Spirits, has launched its latest expression: Barr Hill Sherry Barrel Tom Cat Gin.
The limited-edition release is available exclusively at the brand’s distillery on Gin Lane and is part of their Distillery Selection series. The release marks an opportunity for the brand’s highly-experienced team to celebrate unique barrels.
The expression began its aging process in new American oak barrels for a year, beginning its creation using the same method as its previous classic Tom Cat expression. After the appropriate time, the liquid is then finished in oloroso sherry casks for a little over a year.
The producers have described the limited release as having notes of caramel, baking spices and toasted walnuts, with a pleasantly dry finish.
Priced at $99.99 per bottle, Sherry Barrel Tom Cat Gin is available only at the distillery’s onsite shop at Gin Lane in Montpelier, VT.
Commenting on the release, the brand’s hospitality manager Patrick Amice said: “This Sherry Barrel Tom Cat Gin is the epitome of our commitment to pushing the boundaries of craft distillation, and we are fortunate to have preserved some truly remarkable finishing barrels of Tom Cat Gin over the years to do so. Exemplifying the remarkable breadth and complexity of our barrel-aged gin, these bottlings hold a special place in our hearts and are a delight to share with our guests on Gin Lane. It’s a harmonious fusion of tradition and innovation, where the mastery of our distillers meets the artistry of the bees.”
The liquid is bottled at special proofs with custom amounts of raw honey. Annually, the brand hosts Bee’s Knees Week, with the 2023 edition resulting in the commitment of 220,000 square feet of new pollinator habitat, totalling over 700,000 square feet or 23 acres in the last four years.