A VERY SPECIAL DAY
We love all of our products, but as bad liquor parents, that love is inequitable in distribution.
Our golden son, our pride and joy, our Cask Strength Bourbon-Barrel Gin grew up today and was released out into the wild. We don’t know what the world will show him, but we hope it’s kind enough to offer a cube and glass to rest his head for a fleeting moment.
Okay, we’ll cease to wax poetic.
Today, December 1st, 2016, is a very special day. Our Cask Strength Bourbon-Barrel Gin is out for distribution in the Buffalo area for the first time since it’s sleepy release at our distillery in May…or June…I can’t remember.
Since that release, quite a bit has happened. First of all, we didn’t sell out. We thought we would have seeing there were less than 300 bottles in Batch 1, but on the release date, which was whispered of via our social media channels, only a couple Tommyrotter loyalists trickled through our distillery doors. A disappointment for sure.
The Buffalo bartender scene helped spread the word of the new gin, but people we’re tied up with summer plans and intimidated by the high proof (it’s 122 proof). Most of our bartender friends reported back to us, “We like it, but the average person is scared to death of it.”
The reaction to the combination of the product’s niche obscurity and high proof had us a bit discouraged. We thought it was really good! We were doubting our palates and our vision. In hyperbolic exclamation of drama, I think I yelled, “Why don’t we just make a pumpkin spice vodka and call it a day?!”
Then the good news came. Double Gold Medal AND Best In Show in the 2016 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition! We were floored. What a victory! Soon after, the phone started ringing in the distillery office inquiring about our new gin. We high-fived and then looked at our production floor…”Oh, no. We should have made more.”
Today, is months past that celebration and the release of Batch 2. We harvested the barrels and bottled the batch over the week leading up to Thanksgiving. Monocle Magazine came in from their New York City office to film the occasion. Cases of this very special gin will be shipped across New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania over the next couple months. We’ve committed to releasing this gin just twice year; things that are special should always stay that way. As Batch 2 heads out the door, we’ve finished casking Batch 3 and neatly tucked the barrels away for winter hibernation and a spring release.
Don't walk, RUN, to the select liquor stores below (please note that the list is evolving!) and grab a bottle to share in one of the most passionate expressions of Tommyrotter Distillery. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy making it.
Bobby Finan (Master Distiller)
HOLD ON...WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
If you read all of that above and now are wondering what the hell these guys are rambling on about, let us introduce our Cask Strength Bourbon-Barrel Gin.
A perfect intersection of the gin and whiskey world. It’s the right choice for the adventurous drinker who is ready to take on a high-proof, category bending libation.
Distilled in the same fashion as our award-winning American Gin, we use the identical twelve botanicals to flavor our signature herbaceous, citrusy gin. In true bourbon fashion, the unaged spirit was placed in virgin White American Oak char #3 barrels at 62.5% ABV to rest post-distillation. Through evaporative loss over the maturation period, the alcohol level dipped to 122 Proof. It was passed through a light particle filter to remove the residual charcoal fragments left behind from the inside of the charred barrels. No chill-filtration was utilized as to not disturb the delicate essential oils that maintain the spirit’s gin profile. Each bottle was filled and labeled by hand in our distillery in the historic Hydraulics manufacturing district of Buffalo, NY.
After we turn off the lights of the production floor, we drink this gin in a rocks glass with a couple ice cubes. It’s fantastic in a Negroni, Manhattan, Gold Rush, or Fitzgerald.
Drinkers will enjoy a rich copper hue, with aromas of violets, baked pear, fennel, and honeyed nutmeg. Hitting the palate with full weight and a rounded texture there are notes of apricot, clove spice, and citrus peel. The lingering finish dances with white peppercorn, toasted ginger, and a warming vanilla spice.
Double Gold & Best In Show - 2016 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
WHERE TO BUY*
*This list is evolving and will be updated as distribution progresses
Addy’s Wine & Spirits – Williamsville
Butler Liquors – Kenmore
Caputi’s Northtown Liquor – Amherst
Georgetown Square Liquor – Williamsville
Isleview Fine Wine & Spirits –Tonawanda
Lexi’s Fine Wine & Spirits – Amherst
On The Rox Liquors – Amherst
Passport Wine & Spirits – Clarence
Premier Wine & Spirits – Amherst
Premium Wine & Spirits – Williamsville
Straight Up Wine & Spirits – Kenmore
The Wine Room – Williamsville
Walnut St. Liquor Store – Lockport
Wine World – Amherst
Amherst St. Wine & Liquor- Buffalo
Paradise Wine – Buffalo
Gates Circle Liquor Store – Buffalo
Hodge Wine & Liquor – Buffalo
Beaver Liquor – Buffalo
Queen City Liquor - Buffalo
Aurora Liquor – East Aurora
Salut Wine & Spirits – East Aurora
Cavalier Wine & Spirits – Lackawanna
McKinley Liquor – Blasdell
Prestige Wine & Spirits - Orchard Park
Brierwood Wine & Spirits – Hamburg
Elma Liquor – Elma
Century Wine and Liquors – Rochester
Country Club Liquor Mart - Rochester
East Avenue Liquor - Rochester
Lisa's Liquor Barn - Penfield
Mahan Discount Liquor - Brockport
Marketview Liquor - Rochester
Pedullla's Wine & Liquor - Geneva
Webster Wine & Spirits - Webster