“While legally you can’t make scotch in America, this is the closest thing to it that one can make in America” said founder Bruce Elwell, echoing a sentiment made many times before by other distillers in the U.S. and Canada. Elwell made a point of using in his announcement the "whisky" spelling used in Scotland, rather than the "whiskey" spelling used here.
ADK Single Malt was made from New York-grown barley, then aged in barrels that once held the distillery’s 601 Bourbon. It is priced at $21 for a 350ml bottle.
“The fact that the spirit rests in a used bourbon barrel changes the flavor dramatically," said head distiller Nick Mahaney. "There’s more vanilla and raisin in the flavor, and less smoke that one would typically find in a bourbon that must use a new barrel.”
The latter comment refers to the federal regulation requiring bourbon to be aged in new American oak barrels, unlike most other whiskies that are aged in used whiskey or sherry barrels to add coloring and flavor notes.
ADK Single Malt will be released at the four-year-old distillery, located at 601 Varick Street in Utica, next Thursday, October 29. Adirondack's products are carried at a variety of liquor stores throughout the Capital Region. The distillery store phone number is 315-316-0387.