Wednesday, November 14, 2012

McKenzie Pure Pot Still: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

The McKenzie Pure Pot Still Whiskey is made in the Irish style by Finger Lakes Distilling in New York.  The nose produced a clean aroma with a little honeysuckle and slight floral tones.  It also had hints of birdseed, boiled cabbage, and open meadows.  The taste presented a crisp flavor of grains and grass.  Eric suggested that it tasted like a horse barn minus the manure.  I guess that's a good thing.  The finish of the pure pot still whiskey blossomed smoothly and remained easy to drink throughout.  Overall it seemed a bit muted, lacking complexity and true depth of flavor.  Knowing that Finger Lakes Distillery hasn't been operational for all that long, I would imagine that this whiskey will only get better with time.  A little more aging could work wonders to add much needed complexity and variety of flavors to this whiskey with strong potential.

McKenzie Pure Pot Still Whiskey

63.5 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.

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