Issue Five Peggy Noe Stevens Susan Reigler Tastings

Finger Lakes – McKenzie Straight Rye Whiskey

Finger Lakes 
McKenzie Straight Rye Whiskey
Finger Lakes Distilling

Proof: 91
ABV: 45.5%
Style: Rye
State: NY
Price: $$

Peggy Noe Stevens – 8.2 

Nose: Bright peach and vanilla aromas; yet herbaceous with lavender and mint. Faint diluted clove and almost hides behind the herbal highlights. 

Palate: Easy going with paprika and butterscotch. Some cherry and mint that are established with hidden layers of peach. 

Finish: Lays in the center of your tongue and rests with the spice, delivering a soft vanilla and white cherry. 

Comment: A very subtle rye that I would like to try in a Sazerac cocktail. 

Susan Reigler – 8.5 

Nose: Rye grass leaps right out of the glass followed by cherries and sassafras. There’s a tiny whiff of wood smoke. Vanilla emerges after a minute, as well as cola.  

Palate: Spicy on the tongue with notes of vanilla, brown sugar, dark cherries, baking spices and sweet oak.

Finish: The vanilla, brown sugar, and fruit all persist on the finish with a good deal of cinnamon spice.  

Comment: The flavor layers are subtle and would be lost in a cocktail. So sip this neat. 

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