Whiskey: McKenzie Rye Whiskey
Distillery: Finger Lakes Distilling, Burdett NY
Age: 1 year
Proof: 91; 45.5% ABV
Notes: This bottle is marked batch # 09-01. McKenzie made from NYS grain and distilled using old-time techniques aged in new charred quarter casks and finished in sherry barrels from local wineries.
Nose: Maple, butterscotch and some oak. Mild cherry and vanilla.
Taste: At first, it feels like it will have a bit of a burn and then it surprises with restrained intensity. All at once spicy and smooth. A light and playful mouthfeel with warm depth. Sherry barrels definitely have done wonders in the finishing giving some dried fruit. Hints of dry candy corn that are reminiscent during Halloween in U.S.A. This a uniquely delicious Rye Whiskey with rich and fluffy Autumnal presence.
Finish: Lingers with a sweet, pleasant campfire and leaves burning note.
Whiskey review by Jakob Bilinski and Tom Fischer.