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
The gin is a celebration of our special connection to the land. We use pure grain spirits as a canvas to showcase juniper berry and raw northern honey. Added just before bottling, the raw honey imparts unique floral qualities that vary with season and blossom. Our distillery, on the banks of the Lamoille River in the Northeast Kingdom, is rooted in the agriculture of Vermont. Hardwick, Caledonia Country, is a community inspired by farms where the production of milk, cheese, timber, grains, honey, seeds, and herbs are part of our lives and help define our place.
Our relationship with the land and honey bees inspired and gave birth to this vodka. The soul of a beekeeper is filled with the rhythms that flow through the seasons, reflecting the changes in the flowers, rains, sun and all the forces that are a part of this beautiful mystery. Barr Hill Vodka is crafted from honey at our micro-distillery on the banks of the Lamoille River in Caledonia Country of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Honey is carefully fermented in small batches, then gently distilled in our custom stills. The spirit which emerges reflects the essence of the soil and flowers visited by the bees.
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.