“Make your mom’s spring a bit sweeter with this very special maple syrup, which is aged in barrels from Upstate New York’s acclaimedTuthilltown Spirits. Drizzle it on pancakes and waffles, or fix her a delicious rum-based Maple Old Fashioned.”
“Bourbon has been the whiskey poster child of America since Prohibition ended in 1933. Corn was cheap, abundant, and made whiskey taste a little sweeter, which covered up some of the crude distilling practices of the time. However, the glorious 2010′s have marked a turn in taste for alcohol. More and more people are realizing they don’t have to drink from the rivers of bourbon, and can instead dabble in the smaller, artisan creeks of rye whiskeys. And now you’ve finished reading our ode to non-corn beverages, let’s get our drink on with these five delicious new ryes!”
Tuthilltown Spirits is New York’s first whiskey distillery since prohibition. Local spirits are making a post-Prohibition comeback, here Gable Erenzo talks about why. Video by Chrissie Williams
Hudson Four Grain – Double Gold Medal
Hudson Baby Bourbon – Gold Medal
As consumers search out artisanal products, Tuthilltown Spirits has gone from peddling homemade whiskey from a car trunk to selling 60,000 bottles a year.
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 36 gins with 17 pre-qualified judges. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the gins were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at room temperature. Only ice water, unflavored rice crackers and bar snacks were available to cleanse the palate. The judges tasted through three flights of seven gins each, had a break for food, then tasted through two more flights of seven gins each plus one at the end.
The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold, and Silver medals are awarded based on a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded in this tasting.
“Half Moon Orchard Gin is named after the ship Henry Hudson used to explore the river which now bears his name. Rather than focus on the botanical mix like most gins, the adventurous Tuthilltown crew began by distilling the base spirit from New York State wheat and apples to create a smooth, round gin that is superbly drinkable.”
The innovation of Tuthilltown Spirits is once again shining with their Half Moon Orchard Gin. Named for the vessel in which Henry Hudson first explored the river bearing his namesake, this fine spirit is uniquely produced from New York wheat and apples. This unique and unusual approach creates a more fragrant base which requires a more careful embellishment of botanicals. Executed in a way that truly puts the exclamation on this superlative spirit, at 92-proof, this lovely gin packs a punch and is pure quality. It made for a clean and satisfying martini, and sang with the addition of tonic and lime—two classics to which it stood tall.
International Review of Spirits Award: Bronze Medal
Clear. Aromas and flavors of toasted corn bead, dried fruits and nuts with a silky soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pleasantly warming grain, straw, honey and mineral finish. Well balanced.
International Review of Spirits Award: Silver Medal
Burnished copper color. Smoky aromas and flavors of cherry buttercream on banana cake, dates, sesame candy, and smoked nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a herb, spice, cedar, and pipe tobacco driven finish. A flavorful, tightly wound whisky for cigars.