As Tommyrotter Distillery Cask Strength Bourbon Barrel Gin is bottled north of Navy Strength, we expected a hot, ethanol-drenched nose. However, that’s far from the case. It’s terpey with pine resin, dark honey crystals, orange rind, and lightly smoked oak. It’s bright and aromatic. Lots of gin and botanical characters are still present.
Sipped, again it has a sweetness and smoothness that seems to fit a spirit much less its ABV. Early, young oak segues into intense notes of cinnamon, cassia, and nutmeg. An intense, almost cough syrup melange of spice hits you early on the palate.
The finish becomes lighter. As the intense spice fades, a beautiful intense smokiness sits on the palate. It has a fresh, campfire note. A little bit less literal oak and more smoked cedar planks, charred ash and picon pine.