I was intrigued when I heard the news of the release of Finger Lakes Distilling’s first batch of bourbon, McKenzie Bourbon Whiskey. So when a friend offered to pick me up a bottle from the distillery (thanks Neil B.) located on the east side of Seneca Lake I jumped at the opportunity. I was excited to taste their first batch of bourbon crafted from local products right here in Upstate NY. Finger Lakes Distilling bourbon is made with 70% corn, 20% rye and 10% malted barley. The corn is not a hybrid and it is local and organic. Once I got the bottle I actually considered not opening it for a second, it being their first batch, but I was excited because I wanted to try the bourbon and I buy whiskey for drinking not saving – collecting. So I cracked it… I poured a splash into one of my Glencairn nosing glasses and POW!- one of those moments I’ll always remember, kind of like your first full flavored craft beer or that time in the back seat of your parents car in High School when……..anyways it really blew me away! Wow did this stuff pack a flavorful and heartwarming fiery punch, lots of spiciness with some heat, cinnamon, hints clove and nice underlying sweetness. This whiskey is really something, and I will definitely be savoring it! I’m also looking forward trying more of their spirits and future bourbon releases. Now I have to get my hand on bottle of their Rye. So give Finger Lakes Distilling a try or better yet go try it while your on a visit to the distillery! -Batch 1 sold out quickly and batch two of the bourbon will be released sometime in the next 6 months. http://www.fingerlakesdistilling.com/
While I’ve been a scotch drinker for a few years this was my first experience with a craft bourbon and has really peaked my interest in exploring more varieties.