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Grand Optimist

Rye Whiskey

Made from NYS grain and aged by the sea.

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A NOTE FROM THE DISTILLER

I wanted our rye to be a more complete whiskey that can make an awesome Manhattan or Old Fashioned, but also a whiskey that you can drink straight up. For our flagship Rye Whiskey we use New York grown Danko Rye to showcase the cereal/bready notes that heritage rye grain imparts on whiskey. Along with dried fruit and baking spice notes that round the whiskey out, this spirit is very well rounded and easy to sip and is lovely in a cocktail.

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BATCH 001

DISTILLER'S CUT

Release

December 2021

Age

Oldest Barrel - 1 yr 9 mo, Youngest Barrel - 9 mo

Proof

92

Barrels

Adirondack Cooperage, 2 30 gal & 1 10 gal

Char

4

Mash Bill

78.5% NYS Rye, 21.5% NYS Malted Barley

Distiller's Tasting Notes

Nose - apple, green melon, green walnut, orange juice, cherry. Palate - baking chocolate, cherry, black pepper

BATCH 001

SINGLE BARREL CASK STRENGTH

Release

December 2021

Age

1 year, 8 months

Proof

110

Barrels

Adirondack Cooperage, 30 gal

Char

4

Mash Bill

78.5% NYS RYE, 21.5% NYS Malted Barley

Distiller's Tasting Notes

Nose - cherry pie, ripe cantaloupe, meringue. Palate - almond, walnut, big black pepper, leather

BATCH 002

DISTILLER'S CUT

Release

December 2022

Age

11.5 mo

Proof

92.8

Barrels

Adirondack Cooperage, 7 15 gal 

Char

4

Mash Bill

78.5% NYS Danko Rye, 21.5% NYS Malted Barley

We partnered with a family farm in Western NY to grow this rye grain for us!

Distiller's Tasting Notes

Nose - cherry liquor with a backbone of spicy rye and singed sawdust

Taste - bright sharp rye note opens up into cooked oats, hazelnut, cocoa, baking spices, and fresh slate, which comes from the barrels being so close to the ocean

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