McKenzie Rye Whiskey

McKenzie Rye Whiskey


McKenzie Rye Whiskey is a traditional New York State rye that offers a smooth and balanced profile with orange peel, cardamom, mint, and butterscotch notes.

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The Finger Lakes Distilling story begins in 2007, when Brian McKenzie of Elmira, N.Y., met Thomas Earl McKenzie of Monroeville, Ala., at a craft distiller’s conference. The two men aren’t related, but they did discover they shared a passion for high-quality, distilled spirits. Brian, a former bank vice president, had experience in finance and was interested in starting his own business. Thomas Earl’s background included wine-making, brewing, farming and consulting for distilleries. It was a fateful meeting – and a great match of talents to start a new distillery. Today, they are well on their way to realizing a dream of working with good friends and family to create products they can offer with pride.

McKenzie Rye Whiskey is made from NYS grain and distilled using old-time techniques. We age in new charred quarter casks and finish in sherry barrels from local wineries. The sherry balances the spiciness of the rye and also gives a nod to the wine region where this whiskey is produced. It has notes of orange peel, cardamom, mint, and butterscotch, and is exceptionally smooth for a young whiskey.

Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 15 in


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