The new McKenzie Single Malt Whiskey, according to those behind it, is a 10.5 year old expression made from 100% malted barley, 75% of which was grown in New York State. It is a whiskey the distillery worked on early on, given that they just had an onsite celebration tied to having their tasting room open in 2009 (Finger Lakes came online in 2008). An initial batch of this whiskey was released at that event.
“When we started our business,” said Brian McKenzie, Finger Lakes founder and president, in a prepared statement, “no one was malting barley in New York, so we had to do it ourselves. Since that time at least 15 malt houses have opened in the State. To my knowledge, this is one of the oldest craft-distilled whiskeys released in the U.S., to-date.”