Myer Farm Distillery [Distillery Visit & Review]

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TL;DR other posts – I went to a bunch of craft distilleries for my birthday. It was a great time. Much booze and wine and beer was drank. I did reviews on the distilleries. You sat there and achieved less with your life.

Now that that’s out of the way, we can move onto our next distillery: Myer Farms Distillery

Situated in the Finger Lakes district, this distillery is a quieter place during what my wife and I ran into (a wine tour event). The store is extremely clean, with lots of different products and really helpful, knowledgeable staff. We run into a local tasting ‘delicacy’ here, oyster crackers, and are immediately hooked on eating them between drams to clear our palette.

The Myer family has been farming the land for over 200 years. And it continues to be farmed by John Myer, who provides all the grains used by Myer Farms Distillery.

Joel Myer is in charge of the spirits, taking the hard made products and turning them into drinks that make us happy.

The distillery has been around for 5 and a half years. Currently they use 30 gallon casks with medium char. The years have been fruitful, with multiple products at the store, including gins, moonshine, vodka, multiple whiskies, and even flavoured whiskies.

An interesting thing about Myer Farms is they only use unmalted barley. This gives them a unique flavour profile in the craft distillery world.

Eventually Joel hopes to bring out a 4, 8, and 12 year old whisky. He didn’t go into too much detail on that, and for that I understand. It takes time, and you don’t know what will and won’t work.

They don’t plan to do much crazy cask finishes, and instead are looking into different flavoured whiskies, as well as aged gins. Makes sense, as there’s a larger market for it versus what we do as a hobby. Us snobs (all of this is tongue in cheek).

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Up first we have John Myer Bourbon. This young dram is part of the 4 different whiskies that are made, and not part of the single casks. There is a limit on tasting, and Myer Farms follows the law on that limit, which, as someone who was driving the roads that day, approve and applaud.

Thus I only tried four. Given there was a single cask version of this, I wanted to try both. So let’s see how this tastes, shall we?

Price: $33 (USD)

Region: New York

Age: 18 months

Mashbill: 60% corn, 40% a mix of wheat, rye, unmalted barley

Abv: 45%

Colour: 10YR 8/8

Nose: Ginger, acetone

Very light nose. The youth here is showing. I like the ginger, however want a little bit more.

Taste: Raw sugar, thyme, mint, anise

Little raw, however the amount of spice here is surprising. I could see using this as a lighter mint cream type of drink.

Finish: Peach, oak, vanilla

Finish is the best part, with characteristic bourbon notes from the virgin cask.

Conclusion: All in all, not a bad start. It’s light on the nose, however they’ve figured out a way to get a nice finish on it. Nose is a little rough.

I’ve said this before on other whiskies, and I think it applies here as well: A lot of the craft distilleries in this region understand that their young whisky doesn’t taste amazing at high proof.

This is still a tad young for what I’m using it for. Add a little mix and I could see the spice elements playing well there.


John Myer Bourbon Single Cask is the single cask version of the above. It’s aged a few months more, and casks are not blended like the above.

Price: I forgot to write it down.

Region: New York

Age: 2 years

Mashbill: 60% corn, 40% a mix of wheat, rye, unmalted barley

Abv: 45%

Colour: 10YR 8/8

Nose: Caramel, wheat, cinnamon, light cherry

Now here’s a nose. More notes = better whiskey. Write that down. Or don’t. I’m not your mother.

Lots of interesting fruit and sweet notes. The spice from before has become stronger and beat up it’s father, like you’re suppose to. Light fruit in the background makes me want to try this at an even older age.

Taste: Butter, peach, mango

Nice smooth and buttery mouthfeel. More fruit here. It really opens up given some time, with all the flavours pairing well together.

Finish: Black pepper, coriander, nutmeg

Little rough finish. There’s not much more than spice. If there was some of the taste in the finish, this would have been a really good, young malt.

Conclusion: Getting there. I’m quite happy with this single cask. It shows care and an understanding of what they are dealing with. There’s the start of quality here. This is something I could see sipping on and enjoying.


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John Myer Wheat Single Cask is another of the four different types of whiskey brought out by Myer Farms (that are not flavoured). This one is more wheat in the mashbill. This is the single cask version.

Price: $33 (USD)

Region: New York

Age: 2 years

Mashbill: 100% wheat

Abv: 45%

Colour: 10YR 8/8

Nose: Butter, creme brûlée, grass

Wow. Nice nose on this. Really smells like custard and butter, lots of sugar.

The grass is a little off. I’m guessing the youth of a wheat comes out that way. Or I could be full of shit and maybe I’ve been smoking too much.

And by that I mean tobacco and everything is fine here, keep moving.

Taste: Lemon pepper, butter, lime

Missing some of the rich custard of the nose. I like the different citrus here, but it’s not living up to the nose sadly.

Finish: Light lemon, cherry

More citrus, however there’s some nice cherry here. Adds some tartness on the finish.

Conclusion: Okay finish, taste needs more time, but the nose. Wow. If they can recreate that on a regular basis, or really just any time one comes out, they are set. If that is an effect of the unmalted barley, then they are onto something.


John Myer Rye. I wouldn’t normally go “back” to the younger spirits, however recently John Myer Rye Single Barrel sold out quite quickly, and was well praised.

As such I had to try something close to it, right? Of course I did. Thanks for agreeing. I’m just text, why am I talking to myself?

Price: $35.99 (USD)

Region: New York

Age: 14 months

Mashbill: 70% rye, 30% mix corn and unmalted barley

Abv: 45%

Colour: 10YR 8/8

Nose: Orange, cardamon

The standard orange/spice is here, so this is rye, and they have decided not to poison me. My paranoia is sated for another day, as no calm, rational human being would ever thing there would be poison.

Nice orange flavour. Again, light, but tasty.

Taste: Cinnamon, butter, oak

Light. Nice amount of cinnamon and butter. There’s a little oak here too. This has the standard rye flavour, but given the mashbill, it’s not hit you in the face with it. I like it, Differentiates itself from the 95% ryes out there.

Finish: Light radish, floral, lemon

Little earthy on the finish. Needs more time to develops in the cask. If they can keep the floral side, this’ll be quite interesting as it ages.

Conclusion: Not my favourite of the bunch. It’s impressive for what it is, and they’ve made it non-harsh, which is nice. Just not a lot here. I wish I could have tried the single barrel, however I can imagine if the jump between the bourbon and single cask bourbon was nice, this would have been as well.


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