McKenzie Pure Pot Still Whiskey
Finger Lakes Distilling
Style: Pot Still
Peggy Noe Stevens – 7.1
Nose: Lemon and citrus highlighted. Leafy and bread crumbs with ginger and honey.
Palate: Grain forward. Lavender and honeysuckle are faint. Sugar cookie dough and biscuit then responds to a mint flavor note. Airy and soft spice that is kin to paprika. Ginger ale.
Finish: Clean and warm; yet delicate with pine nuts and a grassy overlay to it.
Comment: For the “soft sipper” that just wants light and airy. Assume this could be highly mixable for cocktails.
Susan Reigler – 7.2
Nose: Very simple. Mostly grain with some light floral notes.
Palate: Sweet mint with roses. Vanilla as well as apple peel and peppery spice, making it hot on the tongue.
Finish: The pepper persists, with only a little dried fruit. The ending is oaky, but not bitter.
Comment: Allowing the whiskey tie in the glass did not reveal any further flavors or complexity. This is certainly not unpleasant, but neither is it notable.