Monday, February 12, 2018

Independent Bottlers Goes Americana - Part #4



That Boutique-y Whisky Co.

New York Distilling Co. - 2yrs Rye - Batch 1 

The New York Distilling Company, located in Brooklyn, was founded in 2011 by Tom Porter, known for his role as the co-founder of the Brooklyn Brewery and Allen Katz, director of the Spirits Education & Mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York.

New York Distilling Co. opened its doors on December 5, 2011, exactly 73 years after the repeal of Prohibition.

New York Distilling Co. got its own public bar called The Shanty, where you can enjoy their various spirits, and get a closer look at the distillery production, through the installed windows, dividing the bar from the distillery. The New York Distilling Co. holds a farm distillers license, which means they source most of their ingredients within New York State. 

New York Distilling Co. currently produces three types of gins and their Ragtime straight rye whisky.

Click here to visit New York Distilling Company’s website

Previously in this series, I described That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Click here to read the article

That Boutique-y Whisky Company.
New York Distilling Company – Rye – Batch 1
Bottle 341 - 570

Distillery: New York Distilling Company
Bottler: That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Region: America
Age: 2 Years
Proof/ABV: 53%
Release: June 2017. Limited 570 bottles release.
Dk price: $51USD/318dkk

Points: 74/100

About the label art: Taken directly from That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s website:

“What’s with the big apple? Go figure! (OK, so the first batch from the NYDC has been finished in an Apple Jack Cask)”.

If we take a look at the sparse information given to us by TBWC, they only state that it's a rye styled whisky, matured for two years, finished in an Apple Jack Cask. This really doesn't give us much to work with, but then again, it tells us more than enough. TBWC normally uses the legal definition; Single Malt Whisky when they bottle Scotch whisky, and since TBWC resigned from labelling this rye as a straight rye whiskey, I believe it’s fair to assume, that they couldn't live up to the legal definition. Maybe it’s due to the Apple Jack Cask finish. (A Straight Rye Whiskey has to age for at least two years in charred new oak containers, to be labelled straight rye whiskey. Furthermore, if it isn't a Straight Rye whiskey, the distillery is allowed to add additions of coloring, flavoring or blending materials of up 2.5 percent by volume of the finished product. Well, I’m not blaming either New York Distilling Co. or TBWC for doing so; I’m just saying that they could if wanting to. 

Cherry and dried mint right off the bat followed by milk chocolate and some moisty notes, that I can best describe like stepping into a greenhouse – on a hot summer day - that haven’t been used for ages.  

Almost no familiar rye burn at all, it actually starts out very fruity, but quickly develops into robust rye spices with notes of nutmeg and rosehips at the tail end, and then the dry heat finally steps into the picture and accompany you through the finish.        

Short to medium long finish. 

Overall impression:
A lot of these younger ryes hold up in court pretty darn well, and those youthful rye spices can really work their magic, but this rye doesn’t really provide the balance that I’m looking for in a whiskey. It’s a bit too tight, dry and sharp around the edges for my taste, and those moisty notes are a bit off-putting in my opinion. But kudos to TBWC for trying to pick a barrel of rye that doesn’t resemble the other ryes on the current market – if that was their intension? I appreciated it when people are trying to think outside the box, and are coming up with “new” ways of doing things.

Photo & Review By: Hasse Berg