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    imbibe magazine: NY Distilleries

    The March/April 2012 issue of imbibe magazine features
    a piece on NY Distilleries. Distilleries mentioned include
    Tuthilltown Spirits, Finger Lakes Distilling, Kings County
    Distilling and Coppersea Distilling.

    "There are now around 30 craft distilleries in New York;
    almost all are less than four years old, most less than
    two, and new startups appear with such frequency that
    any exact count is almost immediately obsolete."

    A decent enough written piece (even if they do cover
    some non-whiskey spirits!) and it's always good to see
    the local boys get some ink.
    John Q.
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    Re: imbibe magazine: NY Distilleries

    John... do you have any favorites in the bunch? I am still struggling with the product of most craft distilleries... especially at the price point they sell for...
    "The most futile and disastrous day seems well spent when it is reviewed through the blue, fragrant smoke of a Havana Cigar"

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    Re: imbibe magazine: NY Distilleries

    Quote Originally Posted by cigarnv View Post
    John... do you have any favorites in the bunch? I am still struggling with the product of most craft distilleries... especially at the price point they sell for...
    Yeah, the price thing can be off-putting, even for NY
    residents!

    I have had the Tuthilltown Baby Bourbon and found
    it to be enjoyable but the cost for a 375 ml bottle
    (cute, but pricey!) keeps me from buying another. I
    would like to try their Rum and Four Grain Bourbon
    and may overlook the price of each to do so.

    I have had our own tmckenzie's Finger Lakes Bourbon
    and the Rye. Both are easy to drink and are reasonably
    priced as low as $42. and $36. respectively. That's for
    a 750ml, using wine-searcher and should be noted that
    I'm NY so prices for me might be less than out-of-state
    sources. Even so, not a bad price for a full size bottle
    from a smaller Distillery.

    Greg (BourbonDork) had this to say about the FL Rye.

    I have also had the FL Glen Thunder Corn Whiskey. At
    $20. a bottle, this is one tasty little bargain.

    I have a tentative visit to FLD scheduled in May of this
    year. I'll be going with a couple wine & Scotch drinkers
    so we'll have a few differing palates taking on the FL
    products.

    I am not familiar with the other Distilleries listed in the
    piece but have made a note to look into their products.
    John Q.
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    It won't be any cheaper than it is today.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan
    Someone will pay it. Someone always pays it.

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    Re: imbibe magazine: NY Distilleries

    How many of these micro distillers have their own rack houses? I am sure their internal storage areas are small, so do they ship stock out for storage elsewhere? Are any expanding such facilities? NY weather, being cooler overall than KY, means a bit longer aging time will be required.

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    Re: imbibe magazine: NY Distilleries

    The McKenzie bourbons (both the traditional style and the wheated bourbons) are excellent at an early age. I tried both that were "almost 3 years old" as tom put it, and found them better than most 4 year old bourbons from the big distillers. I love his 100 proof barrel entry proof and i do believe it makes for a better tasting bourbon at a young age. I can't wait to try this bourbon after 5 or 6 years in the barrel.

    Mike Veach

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    Re: imbibe magazine: NY Distilleries

    We have a barrel warehouse. it is not a traditional warehouse like the KY distilleries use, but a big open space. We put the barrels up on racks 5 barrels high. The building is ventilated and heated, so we can cycle the temps in the winter, if we did not do that it never would age right as cold as it normally is in NY. As for the other disillers in the state, I cannot speak to what they do.

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    Re: imbibe magazine: NY Distilleries

    Tom, when do you plan on releasing your wheated bourbon?
    There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. - GK Chesterton

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    Re: imbibe magazine: NY Distilleries

    right now we are watching it close, I would say at least another year or so.We did not put a whole lot of it up to start with as we wanted to see what it would do. We put it up regularly now. It is good right now, but it has more potential. We are using top raw materials and the best wood, so it should only get better.

 

 

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