GSN Presents: Our Most Popular Articles of the Decade

Good Spirits News been writing reviews of spirits, cocktails and mixology for over ten years. On the last day of the decade, we thought it would be a fine time to share the 25 most popular articles we’ve written.

Cheers! See you in 2020!

  1. Colina Colada
  2. Nikka Miyagikyo Yoichi Single Malt Whiskies
  3. Olmeca Altos Tequila
  4. McKenzie Bottled in Bond Bourbon
  5. Chicken Cock Double Barrel 10-Year Old Whiskey
  6. Mr. Boston Black Cat Cocktail
  7. Michael Godard Vodka and Gin
  8. Drumshambo Gunpowder Irish Gin
  9. Bacardi Anejo Cuatro, Reserva Ocho and Gran Reserva Diez Rum
  10. Hochstadters Slow Low Rock and Rye Whiskey
  11. Mi Campo Tequila
  12. Woody’s Northwoods Bourbon Cream
  13. Basics of Mixology: Modifiers
  14. Koskenkorva Vodka
  15. Bumbu XO Rum
  16. Tequila and Mezcal Jarritos Glasses
  17. Black Tears Spiced Rum
  18. Tabu Absinthe
  19. Capel Pisco
  20. Cointreau versus Hiram Walker Orange Curacao
  21. Collaboration Bourbon
  22. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon
  23. 2018’s Best of the Best
  24. Shaker Spoon Cocktail Club
  25. Deep Eddy Peach Vodka

GSN Review: McKenzie Bottled in Bond Bourbon Whiskey

It might seem like an odd choice, putting a distillery in the middle of a wine region. But the Finger Lakes region is also home to quite a few small farms, which grow corn, rye, barley, and the other grains and fruits that Finger Lakes Distilling uses to make their spirits.

Finger Lakes Distilling is a NYS Farm Distillery, a small operation making a handcrafted product. Their flavored vodkas and liqueurs are made in the traditional manner, by soaking real fruits in the spirit. Their whiskies rest in oak barrels for as long as they need to, until they mature.

Their standard McKenzie Straight Bourbon has always been made with local rye as the “flavoring grain” (they use mostly corn and some malted barley as well). This new bottled-in-bond release uses wheat instead, creating a softer bourbon. It is made under the standards of the Bottled-in-Bond Act which requires it to be 100 proof and aged a minimum of 4 years.

McKenzie Bottled in Bond Bourbon (100 proof)
Visual: Dark copper.
Nose: Exceptionally well-balanced nose. Wood, caramel, sweet corn, and toasted wheat all perform in unison. Vast and enveloping.
Taste: Despite the relatively high-proof, this has relatively little burn, instead offering a smooth and self-assured entry on the palate. The wood plays center stage, but is held in check by a deep bourbon flavor that lingers long after the tannins have faded.
Finish: Long and lovely.
Overall: You really couldn’t ask for a better bourbon, let alone one that hews to the bottled-in-bond tradition. Really stellar craftwork.
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Fingerlakes Distilling