Myer Farm Distillers recently earned two silver medals from the American Distilling Institute (ADI), in its 7th Annual Judging of Artisan American Spirits, the premier conference of craft distillers in the country. Myer Farm White Dog Corn Whiskey was awarded a Silver Medal and Best of Category (Clear Whiskey); Myer Farm Gin earned a Silver Medal and Best of Category (Contemporary Distilled Gin). Myer Farm Distillers is a New York State Farm Distillery located in Ovid, along the Cayuga Wine Trail.
The competition was held March 4 and 5, at the Huber Orchard and Winery in Starlight, Ind. Judges evaluated 317 artisan spirits. Myer Farm’s whiskey was among 127 submitted; its gin among 66 entered. Only 37 percent of participants were recognized with medals. As this year’s ADI awards were announced, President and Master Distiller of Myer Farm Distillers Joe Myer reflected on the fact that it was exactly one year from the time he attended his first ADI conference (still two months from distilling the company’s first batch and six months before Myer Farm Distillers opened its tasting room).
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think as I sat among the largest gathering of both aspiring and experienced artisan distillers as awards were announced and medals conferred that we would, only a year later, be among such prestigious company,” says Myer. “We’re proud to bring this honor to the shores of Cayuga Lake and all of New York State and hope that our deep relationship with the land here at Myer Farm and our devotion to distilling as a fine art will continue to produce ever more fine spirits—from field to flask—for all to enjoy.”The ADI judging entailed a total blind tasting and evaluated spirits in terms of nose, palate, finish and balance. Five panels of four judges each evaluated the spirits.
One panel evaluated only whiskies and one evaluated only gins. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded based on the judges’ consideration of the spirit’s merits. Best of categories were awarded to the medal-worthy spirits that scored numerically better than other spirits in the same category. The Myer Farm spirits recognized by ADI have received industry acclaim in the six months they have been produced. Earlier this year, the Myer Farm White Dog Corn Whiskey received a rating of 82 from Whisky Advocate, with reviewer Lew Bryson noting,
“The nose is clean and green, a focused blast of unmodified corn. The spirit is zesty and fresh, sweet and grassy/minty; easy to hold on the tongue until a final heat that fires the finish.”
The Myer Farm Gin recognized by the ADI is currently featured in the April issue of Wine Enthusiast with a score of 87. Reviewer Karen Newman writes, “This small-batch, estate-grown ‘field-to-flask’ gin bears a passing resemblance to its malty cousin, genever. It has a bold anise aroma and flavor, and a warm, almost buttery feel.”Additionally, the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) awarded it a Silver Medal in its International Review of Spirits and gave it 87 points, “Highly Recommended.”
In its review, the BTI noted “Clear. Bold aromas of crusty peach and mincemeat pies with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a creamy finish with notes of pepper bread, pine needles, lemon verbena, herbs, straw, and chalk. Very different in style with almost no juniper to speak of, but appealing on the rocks or with soda.”
The company’s White Dog Wheat Whiskey has also been received favorably, with reviewer Tony Sachs noting in a March 5, Huffington Post article: “White Dog Wheat is dry, crisp, and utterly elegant. It’s got tons of wheat flavor balanced out by hints of rich cocoa sweetness, with a long, smooth finish that belies the ‘white lightning’ nickname given to the genre. This is a brand even white dog haters can love.”
Available on-site at the tasting room, Myer Farm Distillers currently offers Vodka, Ginger Vodka, Blueberry Orange Vodka, White Dog Corn Whiskey, White Dog Wheat Spirit, Gin and Darlene’s Delight, a strawberry-mint wheat spirit. Myer Farm Distillers spirits are also available in a number of locations throughout New York State: Empire State Tavern in Turning Stone Casino, Verona; O’Malley’s Cabin on the Lake and Kidder’s Landing, Interlaken; Northside Wine & Spirits, Red Feet Wine Market & Spirit Provisions, and the Heights Café, Ithaca; GCP Liquors, Horseheads; and in the New York City area, at Empire State Cellars, Slope Cellars, Bowery & Vine, and Park Avenue Liquor. Selected spirits are also available at Caskers.com.
Myer Farm Distillers craft distills a range of spirits using International Certification Services (ICS) certified organic grain, grown on site at Myer Farm by John Myer, the distillery’s co-owner and co-founder. Myer Farm is one of the largest and oldest operating organic farms in the Northeast.The tasting room at 7350 State Route 89, in Ovid, is open Thursdays through Mondays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.myerfarmdistillers.com or call (607) 532-4800.