About White Pike Whiskey
Surrounded by the grapevines of nearly 100 different wineries, Finger Lakes Distilling sits high above Seneca Lake in upstate New York's wine country. The architecture of the 5,000 square foot distillery — complete with a 15-foot-tall canoe-shaped chandelier and made using reclaimed lumber — was inspired by some of Scotland's most prestigious distilleries.
"Over the last few years white whiskeys, moonshines and white dogs have started to proliferate the market," says Steven Ljubicic, the brand ambassador of White Pike Whiskey. "With White Pike, we set out to make a white whiskey that mixes in ways brown whiskeys won't, without sacrificing anything when drinking neat, which is where some white whiskeys struggle."
To make White Pike Whiskey, Thomas McKenzie, the co-owner and master distiller of Finger Lakes Distilling, uses a mash comprised of 59% corn, 28% organic spelt, and 13% malted wheat sourced from local farmers in and around upstate New York. The mash is then fermented for three days before being distilled inside McKenzie's 350-gallon, two-ton Holstein copper-pot still (equipped with a rectification column) imported from Germany. Following distillation, the whiskey is poured into casks for a very brief nap. The folks at White Pike are fond of joking that not a single ounce of White Pike Whiskey ever spends more than "18 minutes in prison,"referring to the 18 minutes White Pike is aged.
The brief rest smooths out the whiskey, which has a rich, buttery corn taste and mouthfeel, with a mature and clean finish.
White Pike Whiskey was crafted to be sipped neat or on ice, or to be a base in any number of cocktails; basically however you want to drink it.
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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.
Check out our impressive selection of American single malts, or find your new favorite in our rich whisk(e)y selection, and get familiarized with what the world has to offer.