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New York State Bourbon

Updated: Apr 14, 2021

Pleasantly surprised how tasty it is.

Dirt Bourbon

Whiskey writes...

I grew up not far from this distillery, but back in those dark days, liquor stores had both kind of wine, red and white, and two American whiskeys, Jim Beam and Jack Daniel’s.  My, my, how times have changed.  We are living in the golden age of booze. 


From their web site:  BLACK DIRT takes its name from the dark, fertile soil left by an ancient glacial lake that once covered Thousands of acres of upstate New York. Perfectly suited for growing crops such as corn, this Black Dirt has never been used for Bourbon production – until now.


Black Dirt is distilled in Pine Island, NY, which is famous for growing sweet onions.  When I was a kid it was a big deal to go to dinner at Ye Jolly Onion Inn.  The King of Polka, Jimmy Sturr was the house band.  It was super exciting then, and the rose colored glasses of hindsight leave it super weird now.  But it was cool nonetheless.

My grandparents called it “black gold” and you can read about that in the NYT here: black gold Black Dirt Bourbon is distilled from 80% black dirt grown corn, 12% malted barley, and 8% rye. Is it non-GMO?  I have no idea.  Is it delicious – yes!  Try some, quickly.




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