With new craft distilleries opening almost every day somewhere around the globe, I was pleased to hear of one that is located less than 100 miles from GSN headquarters. Rochester, New York is located in the heart of New York State in the Fingerlakes region. Black Button was started by 24-year-old, Jason Barrett whose family have been in the button making business since 1922.
The distillery utilizes locally grown corn, wheat, rye and barley for their products and ages their bourbon style whiskey in American white oak barrels. At the time of this review, it was still aging and unavailable for tasting.
Unaged Corn Whiskey (100 proof)
Nose: Sweet corn.
Taste: Very sweet and funky. In spite of the high-proof, there isn’t an overabundance of heat here. The overall impression is of roasted sweet corn with a hint of smokiness.
Finish: Medium long with lingering notes of sugar corn.
Overall: This is clearly a corn spirit and one that revels in it. If you’re looking for a sweeter, and thus less aggressive moonshine/white dog, this fits the bill.
GSN Rating: B+
Wheat Vodka (84 proof)
Nose: Spun sugar.
Taste: Initially sweet and cane sugar-like with a cotton candy finish, there is also a less pronounced minerality which does well to give this vodka some character and oomph.
Finish: The sweetness prevails and goes on for quite a while.
Overall: There is a lot of body to this vodka, making it more overt than many vodkas which are distilled to the point of nondescript blandness. Still much sweeter than I’d prefer.
GSN Rating: B
Citrus Gin (84 proof)
Nose: A heavier and maltier character than a London Dry style, more akin to a Genever. There is a slight hint of citrus on the nose and not a lot of juniper.
Taste: The juniper comes out to play here, adding a rich herbal depth along with a lot of bright and fresh citrus notes. Orange, lime and lemon all want to be recognized as the lead role, but take equal billing.
Finish: Clean, refreshing and definite citrus make for a crisp ending.
Overall: A well done gin that has a lot of potential in mixing. I like it.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: Black Button Distilling