Here in New York State, we are blessed with a wide variety of entrepreneurial farmers and craft beverage makers. So, it is always a pleasure when the GSN staff are sent a product that is 100% locally made. This time, it is a blend of two.
Crafted through a partnership between a locally sourced food purveyor in the Catskill Mountains and an award-winning distillery in the Finger Lakes, New York Honey Whiskey is a perfect example of how using the best of two different worlds can create something that transcends them both.
Catskill Provisions has been specializing in products such as honey, maple syrup, and pancake mix since 2010. Fingerlakes Distilling has been making everything from fruit brandies, gin, whiskies and liqueurs on the shores of Seneca Lake for the past seven years. The combination is a whiskey marriage.
Fingerlakes Distilling uses a blend of 80% rye and 20% malted barley, and ages it for three years in first fill charred American Oak. It is then infused with raw wildflower honey harvested from bees who have been feeding on chestnut, maple, goldenrod, sunflowers, cornflowers, asters, and daisies.
Catskill Provisions New York Honey Whiskey (80 proof)
Visual: Summer gold.
Nose: Sharp and crisp rye notes beckon with a subtle honey tonality. There is no doubt that this is whiskey.
Taste: Immediate peppery rye shot through with a healthy dose of barrel wood. Within seconds, a golden sweetness envelops the experience like a blanket, toning down the heat and adding a lovely mellowness.
Finish: The rye comes through again towards the end, reminding me of a thick slice of hearth-baked bread baked with just a touch of honey.
Overall: One of the more interesting flavored whiskies I’ve had. What I particularly like about it is that the honey adds depth and support rather than just being a novelty. Quite unique and tasty.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: Catskill Provisions