Whiskey Name: New York Distilling Company Rye 2 years old (That Boutique-y Rye Company)
Distillery: New York Distilling Company
Whiskey Type: Rye
Release Date: 2017
Price: £37.95 (for standard BTWC 500ml bottle)
Age: 2 years
Mashbill: Unknown. If the same as Ragtime Rye then 72% rye, 16% corn, 12% malted barley
Introduction/Background: An independent bottling by That Boutique-y Whisky Company of rye from the New York Distilling Company. Resulting a very long name.
Boutique-y do like their young Americans; elsewhere we’ve covered the St George 2 year old rye, which was excellent, and the FEW 2 year old bourbon, which was excellent. So I had high hopes for this. I also saw it getting some rather complimentary reviews on the group, which is always a good sign, and Boutique-y have been bottling at a very high standard generally, in any case.
NYDC are perhaps best known for their Ragtime Rye, which somehow has escaped me thus far. So I had no experience of their whiskies prior to this botting. Unusually, it has been finished in Applejack casks, which is also a new one on me. Brave new world.
Appearance: Light brass
Nose: Pungent stuff. Apples and ginger straight off the bat, accompanied by a yeasty funk and a bit of acetone. Quite a bit of acetone. Actually, there’s a tonne of acetone here, and it’s a bit too much for me. Very overtly young. Some attractive pastry notes and calvados on the side.
Mouth: More of that sharp apple, banana and acetone on the palate. Spicy, and also rather prickly. Jalapeño, hay, and honey on toast. Mostly about those apples and acetones though. Not the world’s most complex beast. More about the grains than the casks, though no doubt the Applejack has a firm hand.
Finish: Not much change in the flavours, just a medium-length fade.
Value for Money: Not bad, if this is your sort of thing.
Summary: Hate to say it, but I’m not terribly keen on this rye. I hold Boutique-y to a very high standard, and to me, this doesn’t quite match it. The main thing is that overwhelming youthfulness. It’s rather distractingly spirity, and I feel it just needed a little more time in casks.
I loved the Boutique-y FEW, but I had the suspicion that that whiskey only succeeded because the young wheat was tamed by assertive and delicious wood, and the clever use of Cherrywood smoke. In this instance, a rather young and raw rye is being laid bare just a little bit too early, with no supporting cast to back it up.
There is a caveat, of course, which is that several folks in the BBS group are massive fans of this juice. And at £37.95 it certainly offers a different look at rye that doesn’t break the bank. But whilst this is only my opinion, I’d recommend buying a glass or sample before diving in with a full bottle.
Overall Verdict: Not really for me, I’m afraid. Which is rare where Boutique-y are concerned. Sorry chaps – I’ll definitely still be grabbing whatever you bottle next!