Taconic Founder’s Rye Whiskey
Founder‚Äôs Rye Whiskey is the latest release from Standfordville, New York‚Äôs Millbrook Distillery. Launched in 2013 by founders Paul Coughlin and Gerry Valenti, Millbrook Distillery kicked-off its line of spirits with a Straight Bourbon named after Dutchess County, in which Standfordville resides. Dutchess Private Reserve 2013 was followed by a Limited Edition Barrel Strength Bourbon. Having produced two well-received Bourbons, Millbrook‚Äôs decision to introduce an expression of America‚Äôs oldest whiskey, Rye, holds a lot of promise.
Founder‚Äôs Rye‚Äôs spirit was sourced, but unlike their past releases, it was aged by Millbrook on their property in their own wood. The time it‚Äôs spent aging in virgin American white oak barrels has lent it a rich salted caramel hue that belies its youth.
NOSE: The essence of banana that dominates the nose. The edges are dusted with a peppery praline sweetness, and a dash of snickerdoodle.
PALATE: Founder‚Äôs Rye presents an uncharacteristic twist: banana pudding. One might therefore expect a particular smoothness to this 90 Proof rye. It doesn‚Äôt disappoint. An undercurrent of woodiness and spice gets under the tongue and tends to command the flavor, but it‚Äôs the rye‚Äôs mild sweetness, like summer fruit just before full ripeness, that glides it along.
FINISH: The finish is clean and even smoother, as fresh bananas and watermelon sourballs linger into a mild, mellow finish