8 – Extremely good | A very odd rye whiskey, but it works!
This is definitely a gin for fans of flowers. The flavor is pretty bold and shines most in flavorful cocktails. Or use it in a G&T and let the florals shine without much fussing.
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Ever wonder what makes the Black Button Bourbon distillation process so good? The secret is all in the New York Finger Lakes!
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Time to raise a glass to a job well done with this New York state farm distiller that’s been racking up spirits accolades with good reason. This particular bourbon is crafted with 60 percent corn and provides rich, nuanced aromas of fresh oak, toffee, and leather, balanced by sweeter light caramel and vanilla.
Jason Barrett, the president and Founder of Black Button Distilling, knows that that while Irish whiskey will be the “star of the show” on St. Patrick’s day, “we’ve also seen a huge increase in customer appetite to seek out locally-crafted bourbons to support their fellow countryman with their beverage choices …”
In 2015, distillers from Black Button Distilling, Coppersea Distilling, Finger Lakes Distilling, Kings County Distillery, New York Distilling, and Tuthilltown Spirits created a new whiskey designation called Empire Rye. It’s a reference to New York’s importance in rye whiskey production prior to Prohibition. These distilleries (Van Brundt joined later) all make a whiskey from start to finish in New York using at least 75 percent New York-grown rye grain. The result is a delicious class of whiskeys that can compete with the best. These distilleries are ample reason enough to start with New York on any whiskey-focused road trip.
The celebration is a tradition for many of us, whether we have a drop of Irish blood or not. While celebrations will be different this year, that doesn’t mean that you will not be able to toast the day away! If you’re joining in the fun, you will definitely need a few great drinks for the occasion whether a small fathering or virtual get-together.
Although Irish whiskey is the natural choice for a St Patrick’s Day cocktail recipe, there’s no harm in a bit of experimentation. In this recipe, Irish whiskey is traded out for a sweeter American cousin – the award-winning Bespoke Bourbon Cream from Black Button Distilling.
The malting process unlocks the potential of great grains. We chatted with the owners of Murmuration Malts in Bloomfield, NY to give you an inside look into their malthouse – and to show why working with them makes our spirits taste so good.
Photo courtesy of Murmuration Malts