whisky news

I don’t drink a lot of American whiskey these days, and it’s about time I addressed that, frankly!

There’s been huge interest in the UK for many years, mainly for the “Bigger Brand” marks. However, as trends are now shifting towards smaller distilleries, with a focus on more traditional methods of production and with provenance and authenticity high on the list of “must haves” for UK consumers. More and more previously little-known US brands are keen to establish themselves on our shores.

One of whom, is the New York Distilling Company. After not only making great ground in Brooklyn, but also impressing with bottlings from our buddies at That Boutique-y Whisky Company, the team have sent a plethora of spirits across the pond. Two of which, happen to be Rye Whiskies! Lets have a look!

 

Producer: New York Distilling CompanyRagtime Rye

Bottling: Ragtime Rye

Maturation: Freshly charred, new American oak 

ABV: 45.2%

Price: £45.95 (Master of Malt)

 

Colour

Glowing Light Brown

Nose

Autumn (or should I say Fall!?) in the orchard. Brown leaves and bruised apples, mild thin peppery ozone wrapped in a blanket of berries, dry fruits and treacle.

Palate

Thick feel, the apple theme is still in play, with some classic rye profile too. Big spice from cloves cinnamon, star anise, under-lying liquorice and candied clementine peel.

Finish

The hazy orangey liquorice sticks to an otherwise medium fade.

 

Producer: New York Distilling CompanyRagtime Bottled in Bond Rye

Bottling: Ragtime Rye Bottled in Bond

Maturation: Freshly charred, new American oak 

ABV: 50%

Price: £59.95 (Master of Malt)

 

Colour

Glowing Light Brown

Nose

Slightly Fresher and more spirity than it’s sibling. But still earthy, more “in the berry bush” with the orchard, bramble, blackberries, maybe some raspberry in there too. The pepper is also a running theme, clearly a matching line on the DNA test.

Palate

Initial thick sweetness from black treacle and a very slight suggestion of lemon zest. Darker fruits in the form of black cherry and plumb in the middle range, a sweeter spice influence with this once a pleasant mix of ginger and nutmeg, then white pepper appears like a welcome old acquaintance.

Finish

Dry with medium length, lighter on the liquorice here, more an Olbas Oil coating than a root to chew on. Some flex of citrus zest too.

Overview

Hmmm, I like these 2. I’m struggling to find reasons for my lack of interest in what our cousins from the US produce. I clearly need to delve more into the genre, but if these whiskies are any sign of the quality we can expect from a potential “American Invasion”, I’m BANG up for it.

Bring it on!

Connas

Have I ever told you that your opinion matters more than mine!? GO AND TRY SOME!