McKenzie finishes his rye in sherry barrels, which lend a surprising softness and mild fruit tones that mingle with the grain's spice. He discovered the technique by accident, initially seeing the sherry barrel as a holding vessel that wouldn't impart much flavor. It turned out, however, that he came up with a fascinating spirit all its own.
Though McKenzie Rye was released in 2010, a few years after the first wave of comeback ryes — think Templeton and High West — McKenzie wasn't worried he would be late.
"We saw the little boom going on in the category, and even though we were a little later than some, we thought it would continue on," he said. "In the metro markets, it has been our best seller by far."
Which just proves that with rye, it's never too late.