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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PERRI O. BLUMBERG
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.
PIRIE JONES GROSSMAN
In this series called “Second Chapters; How I Reinvented Myself In The Second Chapter Of My Life “ we are interviewing successful people who reinvented themselves in a second chapter in life, to share their story and help empower others.
As a part of this interview series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jason Barrett.
THE WHISKEY WASH
According to a 2020 economic impact study of the New York State Distilled Spirits Industry, the Empire State is now the second largest in terms of distillers in the country.
A standout among those craft distilleries is Rochester’s Black Button Distilling, the first grain-to-glass distillery in the city since prohibition. Black Button grew its business by more than 20 percent last year despite tougher restrictions and closings due to the pandemic.