Caledonia Spirits founder Todd Hardie spent five decades as a beekeeper and honey producer in Vermont before deciding to try his hand at distillation. Starting with a neutral corn spirit base, it is re-distilled with juniper and fresh raw honey. Each batch of the Tom Cat is then aged in new charred American oak barrels for 4-6 months. Very expressive on the nose, with fresh lemon zest, coriander, pine needles and honeysuckle. More whiskey-like notes come out on the palate, vanilla and barrel char, with more juniper and a touch of black pepper on the long finish. A unique and deliciously intriguing spirit.