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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

McKenzie Rye Whiskey: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

McKenzie Rye Whiskey
McKenzie Rye Whiskey comes from the previously mentioned Finger Lakes Distilling in New York.  With a slightly spicy nose, this whiskey let us know that is distinctly not a bourbon.  With a heavy rye presence in the grain bill, the McKenzie definitely picks up the cinnamon flavors, kinda like Big Red chewing gum, that comes with it.  The taste is earthy with a little warmth from subtle spice.  Jeremy reminisced about a weird salad.  I found it to be rather easy drinking for a rye, especially tasting it straight.  It finishes smoothly, going down easy for a 91 proof spirit.  Eric was really impressed with the finish.  Overall we thought found McKenzie Rye Whiskey rather intriguing and enjoyable.  It could perhaps have used a little more rye spiciness, but it certainly had some good characteristics and I'd gladly use it in any cocktail calling for a rye!

McKenzie Rye Whiskey

65.75 Average Score

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. WW is created and rated by the hosts of Raise a Glass. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own propriatary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.