The Breuckelen 77 (White Wax) is a whiskey distilled from local rye and corn and is a product of the Breuckelen Distilling Company. Located at Sunset Park neighbourhood in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, the name is inspired by the Old Dutch spelling of Brooklyn.
The 77 in the name refers to the distiller’s address on 19th street. The Breuckelen 77 white wax is a relatively young whiskey, aged a minimum of seven months to around two years. The whiskey doesn’t meet the standards required to be labeled Bourbon whiskey, and it isn’t widely available except for North America.
Brad Estabrooke worked in the financial market as a bond trader for eight years before he was laid off his job in December 2008. This former banker already had a desire to start his own distillery and the layoff put his plan into action.
After borrowing money from family and friends, Brad Estabrooke bought a 2500 square foot ex-boiler room space in Brooklyn, and in July 2010, Breuckelen Distillery sold its first bottle, making it the first gin distillery in Brooklyn since the Prohibition of the United States.
The Breuckelen Distillery produces gin and whiskey in a grain-to-glass approach, meaning the entire process from milling the grains to bottling and labeling is done on-site.
The Breuckelen 77 White Wax is made from a mash bill of 90% rye and 10% corn. The distillery sources organic rye grain and corn from upstate New York which is then milled into flour. The flour is added into a masher and mixed with water and natural enzymes. The resulting mixture is heated, cooled down and then yeast is added to this mix.
This is then pumped into the tall fermenter tanks. The fermented spirit is a beer like liquid called “wash” and it has a low proof. The wash is added to custom Coffey style pot for distillation. The liquid is heated until it vapourizes. The vapours are then collected and passed through a condensation coil so that it can be cooled down to a liquid form again. This cleaner, softer spirit is drained into American charcoal oak barrels and is aged to make the whiskey.
The matured whiskey is then bottled and sealed with a white wax, thus giving it its name. The heads of the bottles are dipped in the white wax and placed on racks to cool.
The Breuckelen 77 (White Wax) whiskey contains 45% ABV (90 US Proof), which is slightly higher than the standard permissible limit for American whiskeys.
Double Gold at the New York Wine and Food Classic Competition in 2015.
Silver at the New York International Spirits Competition in 2015.
Silver at the New York International Spirits Competition in 2014.
20th February 2019
Strong sweet scents of vanilla with hints of sugared dates and rye spice.
Tropical fruity with rye spice, pepper, and oak.
Medium length with a spicy and oaky aftertaste.