Join us Sunday October 9th as we recognize our Scottish Heritage and celebrate the beautiful harvest season here at the distillery.   Highlights Include:   Limited Release: McKenzie Single Malt   Caledonian Highlanders Pipe & Drum Band: 11:30am-1pm   The Ring of Chiarraighe Celtic…(Read More)

With Father’s Day swiftly approaching this month, we know the number one question on everyone’s mind – will a tie really suffice this year? The answer is no. Unless the tie in question is reversible featuring a variety of bad ass medieval weaponry on one side and a remarkably patriotic assembly of eagles and…(Read More)

Things have been quite busy in production.  We finally finished our fruit-based spirits production; making grape, pear and apple brandy, and a Riesling grappa.  Now we are shifting our focus back to whiskey production.  In addition to putting up more barrels filled with McKenzie bourbon and rye, we are experimenting with…(Read More)

As the wintry weather sets in here on Seneca Lake, we at FLD have begun to deck the halls with boughs of holly – and brandy. And vodka. And whiskey. And gin. What can we say?! There’s nothing like indulging in some of our tasty craft spirits to really amp up our holiday cheer. *cue…(Read More)

Is there really anything more beautiful than a Finger Lakes fall? Here at FLD, we get to see all of the stunning sights that Seneca Lake has to offer, but there’s nothing quite as picturesque as fall. Leaves changing color and falling, autumn breezes blowing waves across the water, lakeside sunset views, and not…(Read More)

Your dad called. He said he wants something a little different this year. No, we’re not talking about switching out the traditional paisley patterned tie for a classy checkered pattern – we’re talkin’ whiskey. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a quick list of last minute Father’s Day gifts, and the best part…(Read More)

Thanks to the New York State Distillers Guild (NYSDG), planning your New York distillery visits has never been easier! The Guild announced the launch of their new website,, your one-stop source of information about craft spirits and their production in New York State. Our own founder and president, Brian McKenzie, just concluded…(Read More)

Those of you familiar with our team here at Finger Lakes Distilling already know that we take our craft very seriously. In fact, we are so busy perfecting the science of our distillation that we have absolutely no time whatsoever to have a little fun. To give you all a glimpse of just how…(Read More)

At Finger Lakes Distilling, we like to make sure that all of our friends and fans enjoy as much of the holiday spirit as possible. So we’ve taken the stress out of finding the perfect gift for the whiskey lovers and cocktail fanatics in your life by prepackaging some of our tasting room favorites…(Read More)

For many employees here at Finger Lakes Distilling, our staff isn’t just a group of people working together. It’s also a close-knit community made up of old friends, new friends, and even family. Pat Lebaron, our next FLD featured staff member, is a perfect example of all three. A native to the…(Read More)

Over the next few months we will be introducing some staff members who you might run into during a trip to our distillery. Between customers coming in, I had the opportunity to talk with one of our tasting room managers and longest running staff members, Glenn Grottenthaler. Glenn has been an asset to FLD since…(Read More)

American White Oak (Quercus Alba) is a cornerstone of American Whiskey. To some, adequate aging is the single most influential character in a whiskey’s flavor profile and quality. This is why here at Finger Lakes Distilling, we take very conscious, careful, and oftentimes costly decisions when it comes to the aging of our whiskey…(Read More)

Cinnamon, cloves, cranberries, and apples are all favorites of any cold season. Combined with our Rye Whiskey and Cassis Liqueur, this hot drink will warm your throat, like a soft, warm scarf…(Read More)

Cranberry Bog


1.5 Oz McKenzie Gin 2 Dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters 2 Dashes Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitter’s 1/2 oz. Tait Farm’s Ginger Shrub 2 oz. Cranberry Juice   Build cocktail in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon slice…(Read More)



John Pulos Soon to hit the shelves at Finger Lakes Distilling will be Yobo Soju .  If you were reading this in Korea or Japan – no explanation would be needed.  Soju is Korea’s most popular alcoholic beverage (a distilled beverage containing ethanol and water – some calling it “Korean Vodka”).  Most brands of soju…(Read More)

– John Pulos The “Cocktail.”  Just the name still brings a snicker at the local bistro.  Be assured though, that if you consume spirits, you have consumed a libation known as a “cocktail.”   Although it is not known who, when, or where the term “cocktail” was first used, it probably was not from a late…(Read More)

By John Pulos   “Burnt Wine.”  There is documented proof that Mediterranean traders brought primitive stills to Europe by the Third Century.  Arabic records indicate their use of stills in the Eighth Century.  Arab alchemists experimented with distilling grapes to make a medicinal beverage.  By the Sixteen Century, Dutch wine merchants began removing the water…(Read More)

Finger Lakes Distilling welcomes Joe Fee of Fee Brothers and their renowned array of cocktail bitters on February 12 at the distillery.  Joe, who is the fourth generation of his family to own the company, lectures all over the world.  He will demonstrate his world famous bitters in what should be a very interesting evening…(Read More)

Last Sunday was a fantastic day at FLD. In honor of 5 years in business, we released a very special Single Barrel of Wheated Bourbon. The crowd started forming when we opened the doors at 11 am and people started lining up well in advance of the 12 noon release time… One of our long…(Read More)

Thomas Earl gives us an update on our current rye crop, located just 1/4 mile south of our distillery. He wrote this at the end of June and we will be seeing our harvest in the next week or so. More details on the crop coming soon!   As most of our followers know…(Read More)

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