Fri Tasting: Tuthilltown Spirits with Owner Ralph Erenzo
We bring to you our first great tasting of 2013. As we will have from New York super craft spirits distiller and owner Raph Erenzo of Tuthilltown Spirits with us to taste through his line of award winning Hudson Whiskies. These Hudson Whiskies have received much acclaim and are cult like spirits as they have a huge following from connoisseurs' to the top restaurant bartenders around the country. Tasting is from 4-7pm this Friday Night January 4, 2012.
Before Prohibition more than 1,000 farm distillers produced alcohol from New York grains and fruits. Tuthilltown Spirits brings the tradition of small batch distillation back to the Hudson Valley, distilling whiskeys which were the first legally distilled and aged grain spirits produced in New York since Prohibition.
For 220 years Tuthilltown Gristmill, a landmark which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, used waterpower to render local grains to flour. In 2001 Ralph Erenzo and Vicki Morgan acquired the property. In 2003, Ralph Erenzo and Brian Lee created Tuthilltown Spirits LLC, they converted one of the mill granaries to a micro-distillery.
New York’s first Bourbon is HUDSON BABY BOURBON, distilled from 100% New York corn. The handmade spirits, which start at the farm distillery as raw grain and fruit, are made without added flavor or color and are not chill or carbon filtered.
HUDSON SINGLE MALT WHISKEY is made in the classic fashion with whole ground malted barley and nothing else. Aged in our small American Oak casks, this whiskey is a departure from popular single malt Scotches. The new oak lends a deeper woody affect to the spirit. Rich in color and full flavored, our single malt is an American reinterpretation of traditional Scottish and Irish whiskies. Bottles at 92 proof, HUDSON SINGLE MALT stands up nicely to a splash of water, which releases aroma and softens the spirit on your lips. And as with all our whiskey, this spirit improves in your glass as it opens up. Enjoy it slowly.
Until Prohibition New York was known for its rye whiskey. This feisty spirit was the basis for the legendary MANHATTAN cocktail, made famous by Jenny Churchill (Winston’s Mum). Rye had not been produced in New York for over 80 years, but Tuthilltown Spirits’ HUDSON MANHATTAN RYE WHISKEY signals the return of the quintessential New York Whiskey. Our rye is made from whole grain rye one batch at a time. It is not the blended rye whiskey your parents used to mix with soda. This is honest rye whiskey. HUDSON MANHATTAN RYE is bottled at 92 proof. It is fruity, floral and smooth, with a recognizable rye edge that leaves no doubt the origin of the spirit. Each bottle is hand filled, capped, waxed and numbered. Enjoy the return of this classic American spirit.
Hudson Four Grain bourbon whiskey brings together the distinct characteristics of corn, rye, wheat and malted barley. Each batch starts with 800 pounds of grain which is ground at the distillery, cooked and fermented, then distilled twice. It is aged in our signature small barrels. Our Four Grain Bourbon is a rich full-flavored spirit. The grains are perfectly suited one to the others so that the end result balances the soft richness of corn, the sharp peppery notes of rye, all the smooth subtlety of wheat and the sweetness of malted barley. Each bottle is hand numbered.
HUDSON NEW YORK CORN WHISKEY is the true American spirit. It is distilled the old fashioned way, one batch at a time from 100% New York corn. No sugar is added. This unaged sipping whiskey is clear and soft to the tongue, with the faint aroma of corn fields at harvest. Corn whiskey is known by a variety of nicknames: White Dog, White Light’ng and moonshine. NEW YORK CORN WHISKEY is traditional American corn. It is bottled at 40% alcohol by volume. It is also the foundation for Tuthilltown’s popular and unique HUDSON BABY BOURBON.
We will be tasting:
Hudson Baby Bourbon
Hudson Single Malt Whiskey
Hudson Mahattan Rye
Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey
Hudson New York Corn Whiskey