Hey y’all – I thought I’d wish my American compadres a Happy Forth of July! And, in a strange way, wish our northernly neighbors a belated Happy Canada Day. How are the two connected? Well, they are connected in many ways, I’m sure, but the only one I care about right now is whiskey!
Recently, I tried Tuthilltown Spirit’s Hudson Single Malt Whiskey. A single malt that uses 100% Canadian malted barley. That’s right, the US and Canada joining schwartzes is the best way I can think of – to make great New York whiskey.
Straight to the review now:
Upstate New York, USA — 46%ABV — 375ml bottle – $40 (no non-USA distribution that I am currently aware of though the Tuthilltown Spirits group is now a proud member of the William Grant & Sons family)
On the nose – There’s a huge damp quality to this nose; almost like damp laundry (clean cotton notes for sure).
Sweet honeyed carrots and parsnips.
It actually almost has a corn like quality to it though this IS a single malt with no grain influence. Must be the interaction with those cute small barrels they use.
Cinnamon (hot cinnamon, like big red chewing gum, not cinnamon as with apples or pears) and candied nuts.
On the mouth – Big cinnamon attack! The final notes I detected in the nose ramped up with a Big Red freshness that lasted right through to the palate.
Brown sugar sweetness and orangey Jaffe Cakes. Clove cigarettes.
Finish – A blast of oak and biscuits, quite numbing even at 46%. My mouth usually only gets this way after a cask strength whisk(e)y (50% or more).
In sum – This is a pick-me-up sort of whiskey. A nice way to start the day (if that’s your sort of thing) but, most importantly, a nice way to say Happy Birthday America; you sweet & spicy thang you! And, Happy Canada Day (albeit a few days late) to my kanuckian brothers & sistas to the north!