McKenzie Rye Whiskey
Finger Lakes Distilling is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The region is rich in agriculture. Finger Lakes Distilling takes full advantage. Their corn, rye, and barley are sourced from local farms. The distillery design is inspired by Scottish whisky distilleries. It is a beautiful building with even better views of the Seneca Lake from the distillery deck.
Barrel entry proof is an often overlooked part of the whiskey-making process. Finger Lakes Distilling whiskey enters the barrel at 100 proof (most distilleries use 125 proof). This allows different flavors to develop during the aging process. Because of the higher water content of the whiskey more of the wood's sugars are broken down. The wood sugars created by charring the barrel. This sweetness is evident in the flavor profile.
Age: Minimum of 3-years
Barrel: 53-gallon new charred oak + Sherry barrel finish
Proof: 91 proof
Mash Bill: 80/20 Rye/Malted Barley
Tasting Notes: The nose is sweet, with berries, mint and black pepper. All of the sharpness has mellowed from the age and sweetness of the sherry barrels. It tastes like a stewed apple with notes of cinnamon, brown sugar and apple. The finish lingers on apple and oak.