About Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey
For nearly 220 years, the Tuthilltown Gristmill — located off Albany Post Road in Gardiner, New York — used waterpower to mill local grains into flour. In 2001, Ralph Erenzo acquired the property and together with a partner, converted one of the mill's granaries into a distillery. At the time, Erenzo had little experience distilling spirits. After purchasing a furnace from eBay and a German copper-pot still that arrived without instructions, Erenzo attempted to distill a batch of vodka using apple scraps from a nearby apple-slicing plant in the Hudson Valley.
Soon thereafter, Tuthilltown Spirits began experimenting with whiskey. "Our first aged spirit was an experiment that turned out quite well indeed," says Erenzo. "And since we are a small batch shop, we can change direction overnight. We also realized early that whiskey was coming back, in particular the interest in straightforward aged spirits; people are just tired of the same old thing. And we copied no one."
Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey is made from a mash of 60% corn, along with a 40% blend of wheat, malted barley and rye. Each batch of Four Grain Bourbon is made using 800 pounds of locally sourced grains, which are ground, cooked and fermented at the distillery for nearly a week. The wash is then distilled twice before the bourbon is matured in casks that are laid to rest in Tuthilltown Spirits' unique warehouse.
The warehouse is lined with heaters that power the distillery's stills. As a result, when the stills are running during the day, the warehouse becomes incredibly hot, causing the oak casks to expand and interact with the whiskey. In addition, each night, when the stills are dormant and the temperature cooler, speakers, which have been placed throughout the warehouse, play loud rap music with deep bass. The deep bass agitates the whiskies, and causes the barrels themselves to experience micro-expansions and contractions. This sonic aging process — unique in the industry — adds to the interaction between the oak and the whiskey.
After a slumber of up to two years, each batch of Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey is brought to proof, before each bottle is filled, sealed and numbered by hand.
Hudson Four Grain Bourbon earned the Gold Medal at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the title "Craft Whiskey of the Year" by the Whisky Guild
. In addition, the bourbon was rated #1 by Eric Asmimov in the New York Times
in April 2014.
"We're not making whiskey the 'traditional' way, as defined for 80 years by the big whiskey producers," says Erenzo. "We are making it the way their grandfathers made it. We do all the work, hands-on, from scratch. All of our product is handmade."
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