Coppersea Distilling Announces Release of Excelsior Straight Rye

Coppersea Distilling, a farm distillery in New Paltz, N.Y., announced the release of Excelsior Straight Rye.

The name is a nod to the state’s resilience in the COVID pandemic, according to a news release from the distillery. It reflects Excelsior as New York’s state motto, which means “ever upward.”

Coppersea developed Excelsior Straight Rye in the style of a 19th-century-style rye whiskey, using local grain from neighboring farms for a mashbill of 80% rye and 20% malt barley.

Excelsior is also an Empire Rye, a New York-specific designation for ryes made with at least 75% rye from New York and aged in charred new oak barrels for at least 2 years, among other requirements.

The whiskey will be available at the distillery’s on-site Springtown Tavern with a MSRP of $50 per 750ml bottle.

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One Reply to “Coppersea Distilling Announces Release of Excelsior Straight Rye”

  1. I’ve visited Coppersea a couple years ago. It’s a cool little place and I like their offerings. But some of the craft distillers prices are too high and that was my impression when I visited. But I understand why. Now this expression is reasonably priced at $50, so I might have to make another trip up there!

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