These chillier temperatures signal the beginning of bourbon season. There is no better way to enjoy the fall colors and brisk breezes than with one of New York State's own craft whiskies.
The Finger Lakes Distilling Company makes a number fine spirits including the McKenzie Bourbon, a golden colored drink with complex aromatics and full yet elegant flavor profile.
The Hudson Valley is home to some exceptional distilleries including Black Dirt Distilling and the critically acclaimed Hillrock Estate. Both products are among New York's finest craft beverages. Hillrock's products are the pinnacle of small batch, "farm-to-glass" distilling making for one of the state's most celebrated premium brands. Black Dirt's 3yr aged bourbon is another treasure and a great value. This is a beautifully textured spirit no whiskey lover will want to miss.
Wine Enthusiast 96 Top 50 Spirits of 2013 "From master distiller Dave Pickerell, this estate-grown, field-to-flask offering makes good use of oloroso Sherry barrels. Look for peach and vanilla aromas, bold raisin and brown sugar flavors and a gentle exit that just hints at Sherry. At nearly 93
"BLACK DIRT takes its name from the dark, fertile soil left by an ancient glacial lake that once covered Thousands of acres of upstate New York. Perfectly suited for growing crops such as corn, this Black Dirt has never been used for Bourbon production - until now." ~ Distillery Notes
" Appearance: Deep red/bronze color in the bottle, lovely wheat gold in the glass. Nice edgeline on swirling with legs forming very slowly on swirling, with very long legs and droplets forming. First Impression: Char, tobacco, leather, apricots, nutmeg , vanilla, some spiciness, and some traces