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Finger Lakes Distilling NewsletterNovember 2010
In This Issue
Tame the White Dog
Whiskey Update
Holiday Gift Guide
In case you missed it...
Cocktail Ideas
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Upcoming Tastings and Events

eventsWednesday, November 3:
GCP Liquors
Horseheads, NY
5-8 pm

Saturday, November 6:
Liberty Liquors
Lansing, NY
3-6 pm

Wednesday, November 10:
Webster on the Ridge Liquor
Webster, NY
4-7 pm

Friday, November 12:
Exit 9 Wine & Spirits
Albany, NY
3-7 pm

Friday, November 12:
Victor Wine & Food Festival
5:30-9 pm

Friday, November 19:
Harborview Liquor
Syracuse, NY
3-6 pm

Friday, November 19-21 or

Friday, December 3-5:
Deck The Halls
Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Fridays 1-5; Saturday/Sunday 11-5pm

Saturday, December 4:
Union Square Wines
2-5 pm

Tuesday, December 7:
Pittsford Wine & Spirits
Pittsford, NY
4-7 pm

Thursday, December 9:
Lighthouse Liquors
Elmira, NY

Saturday, December 11:
Marketview Liquor
Rochester, NY
1-4 pm

Saturday, December 18:
Triphammer Wine & Spirits
Ithaca, NY
4-7 pm

Please come out to see us!




Dear Friend of FLD,  
November is no time to rest here at FLD. After a busy fall season, we're moving right into holiday mode. We continue to host lots of visitors and have lined up a number of tastings for the holiday season. Thomas Earl is busy making our regular line-up of products in addition to putting lots of whiskey in barrels.


We're excited to announce a number of new offerings in our tasting room. Bourbon is back on the shelves and we're also just starting to distribute it to our retail partners in NYS. We also have more Gewurztraminer Grappa available from this season's harvest. It continues to be our favorite varietal grappa here at FLD. We also are now offering McKenzie White Dog Barrel Kits which give you the opportunity to age your own rye whiskey.

Please think of FLD for all your holiday gift giving this year. In addition to our delicious spirits, we have a number of great gift suggestions for you, all available in our tasting room.

Hope you can make it out to the distillery this month!

Brian McKenzie
President, Finger Lakes Distilling 

barrelkitAge your own Rye


Sure, it takes quality ingredients and a talented master distiller to make great whiskey, but the barrel aging process is equally important. With our new barrel kits, you can test your hand at this fascinating aspect of the whiskey business.

white dog 2


The kits include a 2-liter lightly charred barrel with stand, two 1-liter bottles of McKenzie Rye White Dog, and all the information you'll need to make a great barrel of whiskey.


The whiskey is exactly the same rye that we use for our McKenzie Rye brand. At 100 proof, it is the same strength at which we barrel age. Much lower than what most commercial distilleries age at, we feel the lower barrel proof extracts the best flavors from the barrel.


 The barrel has a spigot so you can test the whiskey from time to time (always a tough part of our job at FLD).

The barrel kits are available for $99 and make an ideal gift for the whiskey connoisseur.  We are also selling the White Dog Rye as individual bottles for $30/each.

bourbonBourbon is Back!



Visitors to the distillery over the past 6 weeks have seen the full gamut of McKenzie Whiskies on the shelf. We've moved from Rye (currently on allocation to our retail partners and unavailable at the distillery) to our limited release Wheat (we still have a few bottles left) to our second batch of Bourbon.

Bourbon Batch #2 is very similar to our first round that we sold through in less than 2 months this past spring. It is double pot distilled and produced from corn, rye and barley malt. Very rich in flavor!

Our Bourbon stock has matured to the point that we are making it available at the distillery, as well as rolling it out to our retail partners in NYS. Please ask your local store to give us a call if they are not already stocking it.

Our third batch of rye is still on schedule for release in early 2011. In the meantime, we still have plenty of batch #2 available through our retail partners.


giftsHoliday Gift Guide (part 1 of 2)


If you are looking for a unique gift this holiday season, FLD might be the place to shop.  Whether it's for your dad who loves whiskey or for your co-worker who loves to entertain, check us out for that perfect present.  Happy shopping!

For the Foodie
Try our very popular Brooklyn Brine products. Now offering:
  • Whiskey Sour Pickles featuring McKenzie Rye Whiskey
  • Fennel Beets
  • Chipotle Carrots
  • Lavendar Asparagus
Know someone addicted to snacks that are both sweet and salty? Better Brittle is always a favorite. Made locally, it has the perfect crunch and satisfies every sweet tooth!


For the Entertainer

Hand-crafted granite cheeseboards make great gifts and come in many different sizes, shapes and shades. 
No two pieces are the same.


Also, check out the hysterical cocktail napkins and coasters that we offer to liven up any happy hour!


Brandy Gift Pack

Buy each of the 3 fruit brandies (Pear, Black Currant, and Peach) and receive 15% off.  Our fruit brandy is closer to a European style  eau de vie - we capture the true essence of the fruit.

fruit brandy package

Check out more gift ideas in next month's newsletter.

In case you missed it....

We continue to see some awesome press on our Mt. Vernon involvement.  The Washington Post featured a great shot of Thomas Earl (below) in a piece on Peach Brandy.

tem_wash post

Our friend Chris Poh from the American Public House Review continues to track our progress. He updates his readers on our goings-on here.

Celebrity Chef, Marcus Samuelson, utilized our McKenzie Rye in a fall cocktail he crafted for Country Living Magazine. Check out the concoction here - sounds like a great drink for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.

Creative Cocktails
Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

cran champ cocktail

1 oz. Vintner's Vodka
1/2 oz. Cointreau
10 dashes Fee Bros Cranberry Bitters
Splash of Simple Syrup
Finger Lakes Sparkling Wine

Shake above ingredients (except sparkling wine) over ice and strain into Champagne Flute.
Top with sparkling wine and serve.

This cocktail would make an
excellent apertif for your Thanksgiving feast!

Cornucopia Cocktail


2 oz. Glen Thunder Corn Whiskey
1 oz. Frangelico
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree
dash of Simple Syrup
dash of Salt

Shake the above ingredients over ice,
pour straight up into Martini Glass.

 Please send us your ideas for cocktails using our products. With your permission, we may feature your cocktail in a future newsletter. If selected, we'll send you an FLD hat or T-shirt.

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