On December 5th 2011, the 78th anniversary of Prohibition’s repeal in America, the New York Distilling Company opened its doors in Brooklyn. Producing high quality American gins and rye whiskeys with cocktail enthusiasts in mind, they look to honour the fantastic tradition and culture surrounding mixology in New York. Founded by Allen Katz and Tom Potter, the company also wants to bring back the spirit of distilling that New York City lost and never truly regained since Prohibition ended all those years ago.
Famous for co-founding the Brooklyn Brewery in 1987, Potter took a four year break to pursue kayaking adventures. Exciting as that was, he returned to the drinks world in 2008 with plans in mind to start the New York Distilling Company with well-known cocktail and spirit expert Allen Katz. To make their spirits, they use a hybrid distilling system. This was specially chosen as it gives them a lot more versatility when it comes to what they can produce, as they continue to tinker and experiment.
Providing spirits to the five boroughs, is the New York Distilling Company’s passion. From public fundraising events, naming their craft gins after prominent New Yorkers of the past and only using grain produced in New York for their rye whiskey, they obviously have a lot of love for their home. They are also the only distillery in New York City with their own public bar, The Shanty, right next door so you can enjoy cocktails made with spirits produced a literal stone’s throw away!
The Ragtime Rye uses a mashbill of 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.
Nose: 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.
Palate: 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.
Finish: Subtly drying, with very evocative notes of fresh, juicy clementine lasting. Red rope liquorice, too.