A Taste of Scotland, Distilled in Dutchess County
By Hannah Van Sickle; Photos by Rana Faure
The Dyson Family has long had their sights set on producing a world-class single malt whisky, and Wassaic’s Tenmile Distillery evolved as a means of achieving their goal. In a nod to their own heritage, owner-partners Eliza Dyson, Joel LeVangia, and John Dyson commissioned a traditional Scottish style distillery—complete with mash tun, wash still, and spirit still from Forsyths in Rothes, Scotland—all of which was carefully placed inside a 100-year-old dairy barn on Sinpatch Road (so-named after a local preacher deemed the proliferation of taverns and brothels there a “patch of sin”). Hiring a master distiller became the final piece of the puzzle and, come spring, the trio’s lofty, well-founded ambitions will materialize in large part due to the efforts and expertise of Shane Fraser.
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