GSN Review: Black Button Empire Rye Whiskey

In 2015, six leading New York State distilleries banded together to create a consortium dedicated to establishing a whiskey style for the Empire State. This whiskey was to be as distinctive, precisely crafted and held to as high a standard as any of the illustrious whiskey styles in the world.

And so, Empire Rye was born–an homage to New York State’s pre-Prohibition rye whiskey-making heritage and a testament to the ingenuity and industriousness of its contemporary distillers. Each distiller’s bottling of Empire Rye is crafted in accordance with the same exacting specifications and yet each is given ample space to express their creativity. In time, the hope is that more New York distillers will choose to produce a rye whiskey in accordance with these standards and make the category of Empire Rye known throughout the world.

Black Button Distilling is the first grain-to-glass farm distillery in Rochester, NY since prohibition and one of the top 5 Craft Distilleries in the USA, according to a USA Today Readers’ Choice poll. Founded in 2012 and housed in a 5,000-square-foot space near Rochester’s historic Public Market, Black Button Distilling specializes in farm to still products, using unique and all natural ingredients from local farms to craft 4,000 bottles of award-winning spirits each week, distributed in 15 states and Japan. Black Button Distilling has been named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000 list four times, making it one of the fastest-growing private companies in America two years in a row.

GSN’s Remarks: This young rye whiskey has a lot going for it. Rye bursts from the bottle bringing a near bread-like character to the glass. Notes of chewy grain and lively peppery flavors tickle the palate with an abundance of spice. I’m reminded of a holiday nut roll in some ways, with a festive character of preserved fruits and pecans. Very tasty and another great entry in the New York State Empire Rye portfolio. Try this in a cocktail with some of Rochester’s Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Black Button Distilling

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