The Schtick: “Barr Hill Gin is our ode to the hardworking bees of the Northeast. Each batch is distilled in our custom-built botanical extraction still. The juniper-forward botanicals are brought to a perfect balance by the floral depth of the raw honey. The results are distinctive and unparalleled. How do we extract such complexity from simple raw materials? Our secrets are kept in the hive.” – Caledonia Website
Distiller: Caledonia Spirits (Hardwick, VT)
Bottler: Caledonia Spirits
ABV: 45% ABV
Nose: Juniper, vanilla cream, light citrus peel. Faint cardamon. Nice white pepper character. Faint confectioners sugar.
Taste: Sweet, really sweet. Vanilla cream, confectioners sugar. Medium mouth feel, little heat. Almost tastes dosed in some way. Rich honey, white pepper, juniper, orange peel and banana.
Finish: Short, but sweet. Almonds, citrus and juniper.
Overall + Guess Really nice, a bit sweet, but good overall. I bet this would make a very good gimlet with no additional syrup. Reminds me of a Sloe without the berries and mulled spices.
Reveal: Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin. This appears, through the fluffery in words, that this is sweetened with honey post distillation.
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