Finger Lakes Distilling // New York, USA
McKenzie Rye is named for Finger Lakes Distilling master distiller Thomas Earl McKenzie and distillery owner Brian McKenzie, who are oddly of no relation. They keep more of the "tails" of the distillate in the cut, their aesthetic choice for preserving the whiskey's natural flavor. The whiskey is aged up to 1.5 years in 10 gallon barrels, then aged in 53 gallon casks from local sherry producers in the Seneca Wine Trail of upstate NY. All grain is locally sourced.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew charred oak/ex-sherry
"This rye has the classic rye-ness of malted cereal, molasses and both sweet and hot spice. However, also an un-classic funk, perhaps due to the sherry finishing, which adds an intriguing (but not quite beguiling) sweet, nutty, almost rancio wood flavor. As interesting as it is, it also hasn't yet shaken that sawdust greenness of a young whiskey. Finish is very hot, like red hot candies."