About Black Fly Maple Flavored Whiskey
Black Fly was founded in 2013 by Keith and Steph Hadik. Their Gristmill distillery is wholeheartedly New York from grain to finish. Nestled in the Adirondack mountains, the rustic facility sources provincial ingredients for their handcrafted whiskeys, stating “We source locally, we mash locally, and we distill locally.” In 2007, New York State passed the Farm Distillery Act, which made distilling accessible to smaller businesses, it was after this law was passed that Keith Van Sise pursued a license to operate a New York State farm distillery.
Gristmill encapsulates Upstate New York's rich agricultural heritage. The company, combining their love of whiskey and fresh mountain air, distilled their first spirit, a corn whiskey, at the end of 2014. Rusty Piton Corn Whiskey was released April 2016. Committed to distilling quality brandies and whiskies, Gristmill stresses the importance of local ingredients, using water sourced from a spring within a few paces of their facility. The Adirondack Park, is home to Gristmill Distillers, six million acres of protected land, “designated Forever Wild by the New York State Constitution in 1894.” For over a century, these mountains have been a haven for hikers, climbers, cyclists, fishermen, and skiers.
Their Maple Flavored Whiskey starts out with a 100% corn mash bill. It is then distilled and then aged barrels previously used for Black Fly Bourbon barrels. After its initial beauty rest, the whiskey takes an unexpected sweet detour. The whiskey is then finished in ex bourbon, ex maple syrup barrels. The makers of Black Rooster Maple in Keene, age special batches of their maple syrup in Black Fly bourbon barrels, returning them to the distillery to age their whiskeys. The resultant corn distillate is then mixed with a jug of the neighboring Black Rooster’s un-aged maple syrup. Black Fly proof’s their Maple Flavored Corn Whiskey a bit higher than their other whiskies. The result is an ""oaky warmth with a balanced slight maple sweetness, an aged whiskey full of real, natural maple flavor; a harmonious mixture of corn from the Champlain Valley and maple from the heart of Keene.""
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