Finger Lakes Distilling will release its first bourbon on Kentucky Derby Day, this Saturday, May 1. Finger Lakes, on the shore of Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen, New York, is run by Brian McKenzie, President; and Thomas Earl McKenzie, Distiller; and although they aren't releated they didn't have any trouble agreeing that McKenzie would be a great brand name for their rye whiskey, released last year, and now for their bourbon.
As a New York State Farm Distillery, Finger Lakes uses local fruit and grains in all of its products. The corn for McKenzie Bourbon, which makes up about 70 percent of the mash bill, is an organic, open-pollinated variety grown near Penn Yan, N.Y.
McKenzie Bourbon is aged a total of 18 months. It starts out in new, charred 10-gallon oak barrels then is finished in local chardonnay casks. It will sell for $45 for a 750 ml bottle and initially will only be available at the distillery.