McKenzie Rye, 45.5%

Price: $40 Issue: Summer 2014 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

From Finger Lakes distilling; one of two craft ryes I'm revisiting this issue. An interesting aroma of dry hay, dried fruit, and burlap that's appealing to anyone who's spent time on a farm. Smooth but not laid-back on the tongue, there's plenty of good stuff going on here. Peppery rye, some soft fruit, that fresh burlap, and an urgent but not unwelcome heat. Maybe a little overdone on the fruit, but well-done overall.