A great white whiskey made from an unusual and organic grain at a good price
Notes: A new distillery in Ovid, New York ( north of Ithaca, New York if that helps anyone) just opened up and is already producing a number of excellent products after just 5 weeks of operations.
The new distillery is Myers Farm Distillery which is an organic farm to flask distillery that grows, harvests and distills and bottles their own organic distillates right on their own farm. You can’t get much more organic, low-carbon footprint than that. Their products include their Meyer Farm Wheat Spirit White Dog, Myer Farm Corn Whiskey White Dog, Myer Farm Gin, and their Myer Farm Wheat Vodka. An Aged Wheat Vodka has been laid down and currently aging for sale at a later point to be determined.Established in 1868 the farm is a family farm of roughly 1000 acres that grows organic grains and soybeans and just recently they caught the distilling bug.
Grown on their farm the white winter wheat is a softer and more unusual wheat than the more common hard red winter wheat you usually encounter in distilling. They also use their own well water which filters naturally through large veins of limestone beneath the subsoil, (similar to those in Kentucky) for their distillation then distilled water for reducing to proof. White dog wheat whiskey is distinguished from a vodka in that it is brought off the still at 160 proof ( rather than a standard vodka distillation of 190 proof) to preserve the flavor and character of the wheat rather than going for a more flavorless vodka
Appearance: Brilliant, sparkling clear, leaves a nice edgeline on swirling with legs and droplets forming>
First Impression: Lovely wheat grain bouquet grainy and creamy without the sharp, thin cutting notes that plague a lot of wheat alcohol distillates. Slight white pepper and mint notes.
Taste: Nicely oily and middleweight mouth feel with a slightly slippery quality to it. Lots of grain notes with wheat germ taste and body with a slight sweetness that then dries and leaves a nice lingering finish. As the Japanese say about a long sake finish – it has a tail.
Drinks: Well you can always make a Pitbull Sour with it, and it is a much more flavorful substitute for vodka. Beyond that there is not really many white dog cocktails out there
Bottle: Heavy clear bell or apothecary shaped bottle with heavy decanter bottom. Simple but tasteful graphics on a paper label ( on this bottle there is a graphic of a head of wheat) and a black synthetic cork with a nicely ridged top make it easy to open. Overall a nicely done if not overly distinctive package.
Other: Grown,distilled and bottled on site at an organic family owned farm. You can’t get more crunchy than this.
Final Thoughts: Much more character than a wheat vodka with a lot of great if subtle taste and nuance. Organic,unusual white winter wheat with a lot more taste for less than the cost of a bottle of Avian Fashion Victim Vodka
Minimal place holder website right now but there is a link to their Facebook page which contains much more information.