About Hudson Single Malt 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 Single Malt Whiskey is distilled from 100% whole ground malted barley. Much like with Hudson Baby Bourbon
, the grains are fermented for nearly a week before being distilled twice through Tuthilltown Spirits' 800-liter, hand-assembled German copper-pot still. After distillation, Hudson Single Malt is aged in custom-made Missouri white oak casks that have been heavily charred. In addition, the warehouse walls in which the barrels reside are lined with heaters, which are powered by water from the distillery's stills. As a result, when the stills are running, the warehouse becomes incredibly warm, causing the oak casks to expand and interact with the whiskey. Each night, when the stills are dormant and the temperature cooler, bass speakers, which have been placed throughout the warehouse, play very deep bass music. The bass vibrates the barrels, agitating the spirit and creating micro-expansions and contractions in the barrels themselves. This sonic aging process " unique in the industry " adds to the interaction of the wood and whiskey.
After a slumber of up to two years, each batch of Hudson Single Malt is brought to proof, before each bottle is filled, sealed and numbered by hand. Hudson Single Malt has an aroma of fresh oak, caramel and toffee that gives way to notes of vanilla, honey and malt on the palate. The finish is smooth and long, with notes of caramel, vanilla and a hint of spice. The whiskey earned the Silver Medal at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
"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." Try a handmade whiskey today!
About American Whiskey
There are two main representatives of the American whiskey family, bourbon, and rye, but some other spirits don't fall into those two strictly regulated categories.
There's equally strictly regulated American single malt, made from 100% malted barley, Tennessee whiskey, essentially bourbon filtered through maple charcoal and aged in new charred oak barrels.
And then there's moonshine, a high proof (150- 170 proof) distilled spirit mainly made out of corn which gained popularity during the prohibition.
Check out our impressive selection of American single malts, or find your new favorite in our rich whisk(e)y selection, and get familiarized with what the world has to offer.