Even though Tommyrotter Distillery has been open less than a year, it has made its mark prominently on the Buffalo drink scene. What most Western New York spirits drinkers may not know however, is that this little hometown distillery with roots from East Aurora has made an even bigger mark on the global spirits industry.
Tommyrotter Gin and Vodka has just won silver medals at the San Fransisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC). For those of you who don’t know, the SFWSC is only the biggest, most prestigious annual spirits completion in the world. To medal in this competition to to be considered virtually industry wide as one of the best spirits in the world. It’s the equivalent of a local restaurant being awarded a Michelin star, or a chef winning a James Beard award. It’s an amazing achievement by a small local company, especially one that has not even been in operation for a full year.
I caught up with co-owner and distiller Bobby Finan to discus the recent global acknowledgment of their spirits, (which also includes a 93/100 “outstanding” rating by The Tasting Panel Magazine for their gin) as well as to catch up on what’s on the horizon for Tommyrotter.
The next spirit coming out of Tommyrotter will be a barrel aged version of their award winning gin. Bobby was generous enough to allow me to sample several of the barrels and from what I’ve tasted, we’re in for a treat. The base characteristics and flavors of the gin are still prominent, but now woven through all new flavor profiles from the oak and char. Quite complex and tasty. Bobby is also starting work on a bourbon whiskey. That will not be available for some time. But if it follows in the tradition of what Tommyrotter has done so far, it will be nothing less than excellent.
Buffalonians and Western New Yorkers really have an amazing product to be proud of in Tommyrotter Spirits. The “support local” theme has been sort of Buffalo’s mantra as of lately with small businesses and locally made products. Let’s continue to support local and buy a bottle of Tommyrotter Gin or Vodka. Plus it just feels great to know that not only are you buying local, but that you’re literally buying one of the best Gins or Vodkas in the world.