When you think of American spirits, the first places that come to mind may be Kentucky or Tennessee. In recent years, distilleries in New York have earned acclaim for producing fine spirits that can hold their own against the best to come out of either of those two states. Of the esteemed spirits crafted here, one of the most well-known is a Hudson Valley bourbon: the Hudson Baby Bourbon.
You can try this iconic whiskey if you are able to find it at a bar or online, or you could try it at its source when you visit the Hudson Valley distillery that makes it. Looking for other places to visit while here? Download our complimentary Vacation Guide for instant access to recommendations for excellent local wineries, breweries, and so much more.
Some History on Hudson Valley Bourbon
Tuthilltown Spirits makes Hudson Valley bourbon, which includes Hudson Baby Bourbon. This distillery was the first to open in New York state since Prohibition. They brought back the tradition of small-batch spirits production to the Hudson Valley, which had a strong base prior to Prohibition, as the prevalence of farm distilleries would indicate.
The distillery is housed in Tuthilltown Gristmill, a building built in 1788 that is on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2003, Ralph Erenzo and Brian Lee converted one of the mill granaries into a micro-distillery and began creating their soon-to-be-celebrated spirits. Tuthilltown has quickly earned accolades from the American Distilling Institute, the Whiskey Magazine, and more. They source their ingredients from local farmers, use organic resources, and are dedicated to sustainability.
Hudson Valley Whiskey
Tuthilltown Spirits makes five different kinds of whiskey in addition to its other fine spirits. To get a more complete idea of what the difference is between their whiskeys, a brief definition of terminology is in order. Bourbon is whiskey that is made from grain mixtures containing at least 51% corn and aged in a charred new oak barrel. Rye whiskey is whiskey made from grain that contains at least 51% rye.
Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey – if you only try one whiskey here, make it this one. It is New York’s first bourbon, and one of its most iconic. Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey is made from 100% corn mash bill with corn sourced from the surrounding Hudson Valley and aged in smaller barrels than normal which allows for more contact between the liquid and the wood. The result is very smooth bourbon, amber in color, with a sweeter taste than other bourbons. Since it is made exclusively from corn, this also makes Hudson Baby Bourbon gluten free.
Hudson Single Malt Whiskey – made in the classic fashion, with 100% whole ground malted barley. The whiskey is aged in small oak casks as well, which lends a deeper woody flavor to the spirit.
Hudson Four Grain Bourbon – corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley blend together to make the “easy sipping” whiskey of Tuthilltown’s line.
Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey – this whiskey is known for its spiciness and “rich and shifting flavor and aroma” with a balanced and fuller mouthfeel.
Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey – Tuthilltown sends used Hudson whiskey barrels to a maple syrup producer in Vermont that ages their syrup in the barrels, then sends them back. They then finish off a batch of rye in the used casks, which impart a “sultry, slightly decadent spirit that never loses its rye flavor.”
Taste Hudson Valley Bourbon for Yourself
Visit their tasting room to sample their smooth whiskeys and rich vodkas or attend one of their periodic events. Distillery tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays, where a guide will take you through the distillery and bottling room while explaining how spirits are made. At the end of the tour, you can try five of the spirits in the Tasting Room and Shop. If you’ve worked up an appetite by then, dine in Char 1788, which offers American cuisine with a focus on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
Relax at Saint Hubert’s Lodge
After you sample some of the finest whiskey in the state of New York, return to a top-notch, serene retreat. Our stately lodge is tucked away in the beautiful Hudson Valley and is surrounded by lovely scenery. When you are a guest here, you will be surrounded by nature and elegance. Among the 165 acres that Saint Hubert’s Lodge sits on are tranquil ponds, an apple and pear orchard, and a Sporting Clays Academy. There is plenty to explore here, and our lodge is the ideal place to escape from the city and unwind for a while.
Our Hayloft Suite in the main lodge offers a peaceful haven where you can recharge after a day spent exploring the Hudson Valley. Rustic hardwood floors and an abundance of natural light combine to create a relaxing atmosphere, and the spacious bathroom contains a clawfoot tub, soft bathrobes, and a skylight. The luxurious pillow-top queen-sized bed will ensure you awaken in the morning feeling rejuvenated. Enjoy a delectable three-course gourmet breakfast made from locally sourced produce and meat before you begin your day.
This is but a sample of what our lodge has to offer. Be sure to browse all our accommodations before you book your stay in the Hudson Valley!