The earliest distilleries in Brooklyn date back to the 1700"„¢s. During Prohibition there were over 50,000 illicit stills in New York City. Since Prohibition however, the ethereal perfumes of distillation have been largely absent"¦until now.
The New York Distilling Company builds on this dream by establishing one of the nation"„¢s premiere craft distilleries.
At the dawn of a new century, before the turbulence of Prohibition, the stalwarts of saloons and brothels alike were Ragtime and Rye. The syncopated rhythms of a uniquely American music were punctuated by well-built melody and shades of harmony; to ask for a whiskey cocktail meant a hearty Rye in hand, bold, slightly spicy and full of warm flavor. From Lincoln to the Dust Bowl, the wrath of battle to the backyard barbecue, Rye Whiskey has waxed and waned like amber waves of grain, its popularity, only recently, reclaimed as a resolute American spirit.
Distilled from 72% rye (which was specially grown for NYDC in New York State), 16% corn and 12% malted barley, then matured for at least three years in 53 gallon American oak barrels. The distillers in Brooklyn have created an excellent whiskey for all manner of rye-based cocktails - Manhattans ahoy!
An elegant nose full of red berry and clean, classic rye notes. Touches of cherry, golden syrup and a hint of white pepper. Perhaps a whiff of salted liquorice. Brilliantly mouth-coating. The rye spice gets dialled up a notch here, alongside hearty helpings of nutmeg and cinnamon. Still has plenty of berry notes to it (think blackberry and a hint of raspberry), though now with a pleasing orange glaze. Subtly drying, with very evocative notes of fresh, juicy clementine lasting. Red rope liquorice, too.