An article that ran last month about a nationwide rye whiskey boom featured extended comments about our own Finger Lakes Distilling.
Writer Josh Noel said, “The most interesting takes are coming from small craft distillers like McKenzie Rye, made by Finger Lakes Distilling in upstate New York.
Brian McKenzie, president and owner of Finger Lakes, said he knew he wanted to attempt a rye when starting his business in 2008.
‘It’s a product I’ve just always loved,’ McKenzie said. “You get more herbal notes — some mints, some Christmas spice, some orange peel and cardamom and stuff like that. It’s in the (rye) grain itself, and once the whiskey interacts with the oak, it comes out.”
McKenzie finishes his rye in sherry barrels, which lend a surprising softness and mild fruit tones that mingle with the grain’s spice. He discovered the technique by accident, initially seeing the sherry barrel as a holding vessel that wouldn’t impart much flavor. It turned out, however, that he came up with a fascinating spirit all its own.”
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