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Gsn Review: Black Button Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey

Gsn Review: Black Button Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey

Gsn Review: Black Button Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey

Gsn Review: Black Button Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey


Written by Thomas Adams 
September 27, 2013



Founded by owner and head distiller Jason Barrett in June 2012 at only 24 years old, Black Button Distilling tasting room and retail store opened to the public in January 2014, offering spirits tastings, distillery tours, craft cocktails and a unique venue to host public and private events. Every batch of world-class spirits is distilled from local NY grains, bottled, labeled, hand numbered and aged in Rochester, New York.

GSN wrote an article last year which tells more about the Finger Lakes Distillery here.

Debuting this holiday weekend, Black Button is releasing a limited edition rye whiskey which will only be available in their tasting rooms in Rochester and Buffalo. We were sent a sample for review.

Black Button Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey (84 proof)
Visual: Rich gold.
Nose: High rye content on the nose with a whole-grain cracker aroma. Softer vanilla notes smooth and balance the grain spice and tame the intense oakiness.
Taste: Well-rounded upon entry, it quickly opens up into a charry rye vista. This is a serious whiskey that means business. Equal in flavor to higher proof ryes, this is a surprise for only 42% alcohol. The oak has pushed deep into the spirit creating an intensity that will stand up to more than a splash of water.
Finish: Long with a percolating effect on the palate, almost with a cinnamon-like numbing quality.
Overall: A down to earth and well aged rye, with plenty of oomph.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Black Button Distilling

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Now selling Bourbon Cream + Cheesy Eddie’s Bourbon Cream Cheesecake. 

Limited supply.
All orders must be placed by December 18th.
Pick up in the tasting room 12/21-12/24.

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