New York Distiller

      Hillrock’s New Single Malt Rocks the Glass

      At last month’s Manhattan Cocktail Classic, a cowboy-hat wearing Dave Pickerell, Master Distiller for Hillrock Estate Distillery, gave me a “C’mere, kid!” crook of the head, beckoning me to something secret seeming. He pulled from his tuxedo jacket’s breast pocket a small, glass bottle full of an amber-hued liquid and grinned.

      Cacao Prieto’s Widow Jane Whiskey

      Trying to describe Red Hook, Brooklyn’s Cacao Prieto is a tricky task – is it a distillery? A chocolate making wonderland with a heavenly shop full of organic confectionery treats? A science lab and farming-innovation think tank?

      Finger Lakes Distilling: White Pike Whiskey

      The mash bill of this young whiskey (its aging is all of 18 minutes) combines local corn, spelt, and malted wheat, and it’s meant to be a receptacle of a spirit – for whiskey lovers who don’t dig vodka, it’s the equivalent of a base-spirit blank canvas. It’s soft, fruity, and creamy in your mouth, with just a little bit of sweetness that lingers subtly on your tongue from the corn.

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      New York Distilling Company’s Allen Katz

      Whether he’s pursuing his first batch of authentic rye or a prize-winning beard, Allen Katz throws himself completely into his projects. And from what we can tell sipping New York Distilling Company’s gins, his passion is paying off.