About Black Fly Piton Corn 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. Their corn is grown by Adirondack Organic Grains in nearby Essex. 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.
Gristmill’s Fly Piton Corn Whiskey is named after the local black flies that inhabit the area:
“Black flies are synonymous with the Adirondacks, as anyone spending time here can tell you. Like us, they’re active in the mountains and seek out adventurers making their way through the High Peaks. We grudgingly co-exist with these small but fierce locals (and find that our Black Fly bourbon whiskey is just the thing to take the edge off their bite)” (Gristmill Distillers).
Rusty Piton is also an homage to the rock climbers and mountaineers, and their steel pitons that they hammered into the mountain side for protection as they made their ascent. “The name was born of a winter day ice climbing with friends at Silver Lake, an area of cliffs and ice here in the Adirondacks” (Gristmill Distillers). Bottled at 40% ABV this white whiskey is sweet on the nose, with a warm, subtle hint of straight-off-the-cob sweetness.
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About American Whiskey
There are two main representatives of the American whiskey family, bourbon, and rye, but some other spirits don't fall into those two strictly regulated categories.
There's equally strictly regulated American single malt, made from 100% malted barley, Tennessee whiskey, essentially bourbon filtered through maple charcoal and aged in new charred oak barrels.
And then there's moonshine, a high proof (150- 170 proof) distilled spirit mainly made out of corn which gained popularity during the prohibition.
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