Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey
Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey is a limited-edition rye whiskey distilled from locally-sourced New York rye. Once the grains have been harvested, they are milled and mashed at the distillery before being twice distilled through a copper pot-still. Following distillation, the rye is aged in charred American oak casks for under four years. The walls of the warehouse in which the casks are laid to rest are lined with heaters that 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 whiskey 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 and results in a more robust flavor profile.
After its initial beauty rest in American oak casks, the rye whiskey is double-barreled, or finished, in maple syrup-cured whiskey barrels from a local Hudson Valley partner. This finishing process contributes rounded notes of maple syrup to the whiskey, and complements its notes of black tea, vanilla, rye toast and vanilla cream.
Copper penny hue. Aroma of brown sugar and maple syrup. Notes of vanilla, black tea, maple syrup and caramel dominate the palate, and are complemented by a rye undertone. Finish is warming, with a touch of sweetness.