For the first time in history, central New York will have its own legal bourbon. On June 13, Adirondack Distilling Company is set to launch its 601 Bourbon … just one day before National Bourbon Day on June 14.
Coming off a string of international tasting awards for its ADK Vodka, ADK Gin and 1,000 Stills White Whisky, Adirondack Distilling Company is expanding its gluten-free line of spirits to include a 100% locally sourced corn-based bourbon. 601 Bourbon is double distilled and aged in charred virgin, White American Oak barrels.
The name of the bourbon is derived from the location of the distillery. 601 Varick Street lies at the intersection of history and heritage. Built in 1920 as a bank, the building’s heritage is a reminiscent of a time when artisan craftsman made quality products by hand – just as the distillery does now. This small batch bourbon is meticulously made with only two ingredients – local New York corn and water from the Adirondacks.
“As far as we can tell, this is Central New York’s first-ever legal bourbon.” Says Jordan Karp, Master Distiller, “It is further proof that anyone using local ingredients and resources from Utica and Central New York can produce an amazing product that can compete and succeed at an international level.”
Like most craft bourbons, 601 Bourbon is produced in limited small batches. The first batch of the bourbon will yield only 346 bottles.
“We had originally planned on 350 bottles” said distillery president Bruce Elwell “But due to evaporation over the aging process, known as the ‘angel’s share’, we lost a few. We want everyone to have a chance to try the first batch, but with so few available we hope that people will be patient. More will be coming when it is properly aged.”
The limited number of specially signed first batch bottles will be available Friday June 13th at the distillery starting from 11am-7pm and Saturday 11am-4pm. There will also be a limited number of bottles available at the Cazenovia Farmers’ Market and the CNY Regional Market in Syracuse on Saturday, June 14.
With National Bourbon Day on June 14, the launch of 601 Bourbon couldn’t have been timed better. If the success of the other Adirondack Distilling Spirits is any measure, then the 601 Bourbon is soon to be a local and national favorite.