A classic cocktail which dates back to the days of prohibition, a “Bee’s Knees” typically includes gin, lemon and honey. But not all gin is created equal!
In fact, our Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber would claim that the Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat Barrel Aged Gin is the absolute best, or “Bee’s Knees” we might say! Michael and his wife Terri originally discovered the gin while visiting friends in Maine in the summer of 2016. Now Michael’s mixologists are thrilled to debut the Tom Cat Barrel Aged Gin in the Lounge at Michael’s On East this month. In fact, this exclusive product was just become available in the state of Florida - with Michael helping to make it happen so that his guests in the Restaurant and Wine Cellar will be able to enjoy this unique barrel aged gin. Please join us to enjoy a Bee's Knees in the Michael's On East Lounge or Dining Room soon. (We'll also be sure to let you know when the Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin is available for retail purchase at Michael's Wine Cellar!.)
Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin, Lemon, Honey & Simple Syrup
Inspired by the Camden Harbor Inn!
About Tom Cat Barrel Aged Gin (86 proof)
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.
A Note from Todd D. Hardie of Caledonia Spirits
Caledonia Spirits craft distills Barr Hill Gin, Barr Hill Vodka, and Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat Barrel Aged Gin. The history of distilling is rooted in agriculture, and how to give value to a crop. When crops are used in distilling, they are also preserved and less expensive to transport. Our family made whiskey in Edinburgh for over 100 years, and J.W. Hardie continues to produce fine whiskey. Through my 49 years with the honey bees, I have a long relationship with the land, honey bees, and the crops that we are using at Caledonia Spirits, elderberries, corn, barley, and rye. Thank you for your interest in and support of our work with our people, families, and farms. - Todd D. Hardie