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Tommyrotter wins national awards for its liquor

Tommyrotter Distillery is getting high marks and national recognition for its small-batch spirits made in the city’s Hydraulics district.

The distillery won two silver medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition earlier this month. The gin also received an “outstanding” rating from the Tasting Panel Magazine.

Tommyrotters’ American Gin and Small Batch Vodka received silver medals in San Francisco. Medals are awarded from an expert panel of judges based on blind tastings of the product. Hundreds of distillers, big and small, from around the world submit their spirits for judging.

Also this month, Tommyrotter’s American Gin received a high rating from the Tasting Panel Magazine, a national trade publication. It rated the spirit at 93 points on a 100-point scale, designating it “outstanding.” Editor-in-Chief Anthony Dias Blue called it “smooth and aromatic with an intense blend of roots, flowers, spices and herbs; complex and creamy with lush flavors and depth.”

The gin retails for $35, the vodka for $30.

The distinctions can open national doors for a local distillery. Tommyrotter expects the third-party stamps of approval will help it expand its distribution to out-of-state distributors and retailers, and deepen its network in New York state.

“As local guys, we’re thrilled to show to anyone and everyone that there are truly great things coming out of Buffalo’s food and drink scene,” said Robert Finan, a partner at Tommyrotter.

Tommyrotter opened in July at 500 Seneca St. in the former F.N. Burt Building. Its current market spans across New York State from Buffalo to Montauk. It is currently working to expand into neighboring states in the northeast.