About 77 Bonded Rye Small Batch Whiskey
Breukelen Distillery not only makes their spirits from scratch, they also develop their own recipes by taste rather than tradition, an approach that has paved the way to help create spirits that taste different than the other bottles on the shelves. Each step, from milling grains into flour to bottling, takes place on 19th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Like all the 77 Whiskeys, this Bonded Rye Small Batch Whiskey was produced using a Coffey style still, resulting in a softer, sweeter spirit. It is distilled and aged in 53-gallon barrels for a minimum of 4 years. To meet the more stringent requirements to be labeled Bottled in Bond, the series was distilled in one season (no blending between vintages), by one distiller, aged at least 4 years, and bottled at 100 proof (50% alc/vol).
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In 1646, under the auspices of the Dutch West India Company, the village of Breuckelen became the first municipality in what eventually became the state of New York. At the time, Breuckelen was still part of New Netherland, a Dutch colony. The Dutch lost Breuckelen to the British in 1664 and, over time, the name evolved from Breuckelen, to Brockland, to Brocklin, to Brookline, to Brookland, and eventually, to Brooklyn.
Breuckelen Distilling Co. opened its doors after Brad Estabrooke, a former securities trader at Deutsche Bank, left his job and read an in-flight magazine article about New York amending its laws to accommodate craft distilleries. After biking to 77 19th Street in Brooklyn, he found a space — a former boiler room — in an industrial neighborhood sandwiched between the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the East River. In September 2010, Brad began distilling Breuckelen 77 Whiskey.
Situated along the banks of the Gowanus Bay in Brooklyn, New York, Breuckelen Distilling Co. pays homage to the borough's founding fathers and its do-it-yourself work ethos.
As American as the bald eagle, rye whiskey was first brewed in the American Northeast in the 1600s. Even George Washington distilled it after leaving the Oval Office, so there’s no way of denying its origin.
It’s distinguished from bourbon for its original and unique spicy notes.
By law, rye whiskey must be made from at least 51% rye grain, aged in new and charred oak barrels for at least two years, and bottled at no more than 62,5% ABV.
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