Empire Rye! A new designation launched by New York distillers in October 2017. To qualify as Empire Rye, the spirit must comprise 75 percent New York-grown rye distilled to no more than 160 proof, barrelled at no more than 115 proof, and aged for two years in charred, new oak barrels.
Van Brunt's Stillhouse Empire Rye is fantastic. Very bready. Savory rye bread. Spicy, peppery, raisin toast, sawdust. Nice long fruity finish. Probably their best product to date.