Drink of the Week: Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey

hochstadters-vatted-straight-rye-whiskeyToday’s Drink of the Week comes from Cooper Spirits Co., the same producer that brought us the original St. Germain elderflower liqueur and Slow & Low Rock and Rye. Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey is a 100-proof rye made via a process known as vatting—a method traditionally used in Scotch production where single-malt whiskies are blended together without the addition of grain spirit. Founder Robert Cooper sourced five different straight ryes from around the country (and Canada), aged 4 to 15 years, to blend together to make Hochstadter’s. It’s an intense, spicy whiskey with plenty of complexity, perfect for mixing into cocktails thanks to its high-proof. Try it out in a classic whiskey cocktail for best results. drinkupny.com, $36.