BURDETT, NY — Finger Lakes Distilling no longer is the exclusive purview of men named McKenzie. Now there is another name of Scottish heritage working on the spirits.
Brian Ferguson (right, in photo) has been appointed assistant distiller, working with co-founders Thomas Earl McKenzie (left, in photo) and Brian McKenzie in the Schuyler County operation.
Ferguson is a graduate of the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. He worked in production, sales and as part of the tasting room staff at Finger Lakes Distilling last summer to get acquainted with the operation.
The unrelated McKenzies, incidentally, recently introduced newly redesigned bottles for their Vintner’s Vodka and Vintner’s Wild Berry (shown at left). The vodkas are made from premium New York State grapes and, as their recipes call for, also use locally-grown strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries before a second distillation to concentrate the flavors.
No changes, by the way, in their whiskies — rye and bourbon — or their gin and liqueurs.
Finger Lakes Distilling is located at 4676 NYS Route 414 in Burdett, Schuyler County, near Seneca Lake. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Phone: (607) 546-5510.
No changes, by the way, in their whiskies.
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