Three years ago, a group of New York distillers came together at the #ACSA
craft spirits conference in Denver and proposed a novel idea: a style of whiskey based on a shared recipe, with some wiggle room so that each distiller could interpret the spirit in their own way. The result is Empire Rye, a new spin perhaps, on New York’s history of distilling rye: an enormous industry that died with Prohibition. This project came full circle for us at this year’s edition of the ACSA conference where our own Empire Rye won a rare Gold Medal in the whiskey category. Empire Rye, in limited quantities, is now in stores and bars in NY and will soon be heading around the country in allocated release.
Our Empire Rye is made from 80% New York grown rye and 20% English malted barley, aged for 2 years in charred oak barrels, and is released at 102 proof with notes of cinnamon, molasses, black tea, mint, and cut grass, along with a finish of warm bread and holiday spice. #empirerye