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McKenzie Bourbon is created by Finger Lakes Distilling, located on the shores of Seneca Lake in Upstate New York. Their whiskies are handmade and use a variety of corn that is locally produced for 70% of the mash bill. The distillery was started in 2007 by the McKenzie family who has deep ties to the Finger Lakes.
This bottling is a particularly special barrel unanimously selected for the Dark Spirits Society by a tasting panel consisting of industry insiders.
In addition to the local corn there is 20% rye and 10% malted corn in the mash, and the whiskey was aged for 5.5 years in a Chinkapin Oak barrel at 104.8 proof. Chinkapin Oak is a species of oak closely related to American White Oak, known for its particularly sweet acorns. It tends to be a less overpowering flavor than American Oak, with subtle honey notes instead of the all-powerful vanillin associated with most barrel aging.
Here it is a lovely compliment to the spirit, allowing notes of cherry cola, praline and coconut cream to come through on the nose, in addition to a nice bit of rye spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-balanced, with a surprising correspondence to the notes on the nose and an additional pinch of brown sugar and cocoa powder. The finish is warming with hints of pears and spiced cake.
This is an extremely delicious and tasty barrel and will surprise a lot of folks. And we are confident that McKenzie is a name you will definitely hear more about in the coming years. Watch out for these guys!
MCKENZIE BOURBON #1511
- Age: 5.5 Years
- Cask type: Chinkapin Oak
- Region: Fingerlakes Region, New York
- ABV: 52.4 %
- Yield: 190 bottles
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