Black Button Empire Rye Whiskey

The Empire Rye is more than an expression. It's a new style of whiskey that was pioneered by 6 New York distilleries ― Black Button included ― and is meant to encapsulate the spirit of the Empire State.
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Jason Barrett grew up working alongside his grandfather in a Rochester, New York button factory that his family has owned and operated since 1922. For four generations, the factory has produced high-quality suit buttons worn by "Presidents, Popes, Kings, and businessmen the world over."

After graduating from school and working as a business consultant in Washington, DC, Barrett returned to his hometown of Rochester to follow his passion and, at the age of only 24, open up a craft distillery, which is now the first to exist in Rochester since Prohibition. Fittingly, the distillery is named Black Button Distilling — Barrett is colorblind, and his family used to joke that if he were to take over the family business, they’d have to start producing only black buttons.

Specializing in grain-to-glass spirits, Black Button Distillery produces over 1,350 bottles of world-class spirits each week, and every batch is distilled, aged, bottled, labeled, and hand-numbered at the distillery. "We have a big philosophy here that the closer you are to nature, the better," says Barrett. "Higher quality grains grown in specific ways yield better products."

Their Empire Rye Straight Whiskey is true to their grain-to-glass mantra and crafted right there in New York, capturing the spirit of the Empire State. Crafted from a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, it's aged in charred American white oak, unfiltered and bottled at 84 proof. It's a rich and bold expression with hints of spice, fruit, and nuttiness. It's also more than just an expression ― it's a part of an initiative of 6 leading NY distilleries that set out to create a new whiskey style, the empire rye.

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Proof 84 (42% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Black Button Distilling
Size 750mL
The profile is rich and bold with hints of spice, fruit, and nuttiness. There is plenty of that signature black pepper rye spice, with a stone fruit note to balance it out. Finishes with lingering nutty and oak notes.
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