If you ever visit the Adirondacks, you’ll see why their flies have their own Bourbon.
Founded in 2013 by Keith and Steph Hadik, Black Fly is a product of Gristmill distillery. Nestled in the Adirondack mountains in upstate New York, the rustic facility sources provincial ingredients for their handcrafted Whiskeys.
In 2007 New York State passed legislation that made distilling accessible to smaller businesses. Keith Van Sise decided to seize the day and got a license to operate a New York State Farm distillery.
Gristmill is a true Upstate New Yorker, embracing its rich agricultural heritage, and fresh mountain air. They advocate the importance of using local ingredients, and source their water from a spring within a few paces of their facility. Their corn is grown by Adirondack Organic Grains in nearby Essex.
Gristmill’s skillfully crafted Black Fly Bourbon is named after the local black flies that Gristmill says inhabit the area:
“Black flies are synonymous with the Adirondacks, as anyone spending time here can tell you. Like us, they’re active in the mountains and seek out adventurers making their way through the High Peaks. We grudgingly co-exist with these small but fierce locals (and find that our Black Fly Bourbon Whiskey is just the thing to take the edge off their bite).”
Black Fly Bourbon is a 100% corn Whiskey, aged for under a year in new American oak barrels crafted by the coopers at U.S. Barrel. New York corn + New York oak barrels = New York Bourbon. This Black Fly expression has hints of oak tannins. Bottled at 42.2% ABV.