Tuthilltown Spirits

The distillery name may not be known to most, but they are the great folks that bring us the Hudson Whiskey brand.

Tuthilltown Spirits Farm Distillery is New York’s first whiskey distillery since prohibition. Before prohibition New York farms had a rich history of providing local grains and fruits to many farm distilleries. In 2005 Tuthilltown Spirits thought it had been long enough and brought the tradition of crafting small batch spirits back to the Hudson Valley!

Today Tuthilltown prides themselves on pulling ingredients from local sources and producing their spirits in a sustainable way. True farm to bottle crafting. The grains they use for their highly awarded Hudson whiskey comes from a farm less than 10 miles and the apples they use for their vodka comes from less than 5 miles away. All of this happening in a 220 year old Gristmill that used water power to render local grains into flour. That Gristmill is a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A whiskey distillery is long way from what the owners originally wanted, which was a rock climbing ranch! I would say that decision paid off ten fold, seeing that in 2010 the Hudson craft whiskey line was bought by the whisky giant William Grant & Sons. In more recent years William Grant acquired the whole Tuthilltown spirit making machine!

Their current line up of spirits include:

5 Great Affordable Whiskies

Not all whisky has to make a dent in your wallet for it to be good. Too many people are under the assumption that you have to pay a lot to get a quality whisk(e)y. That’s not the case. We’ve put together a small list of whiskies that you can pick up if you don’t want to spend too much. We’ll stick to a price tag under £40.

Edradour 10 Year Old – £38.95

One of Scotland’s smallest distilleries, Edradour is tucked away in the hills of Pitlochry. Their whisky output is such a small fraction of most of the other distilleries. This 10 year old bottling is a great offering from the southern Highlands and at a great price point. Quite soft with notes of toasted cereals and rich fruits. A very easy dram.

Talisker 10 Year Old – £36.89

Want a bit of that coastal flare? Grab a bottle of this whisky from the only distillery on the Isle of Skye! Part of Diageo’s Classic Malts Collection, this dram gives you a true taste of the elements. Wonderful notes of smoked meats, maritime saltiness, and candied fruits.

Teeling Small Batch – £36.95

I wanted to throw an Irish in here just because we are big fans of Teeling! This is an excellent blend if you want to make a move away from Jameson. Using ex-rum casks to finish off the maturation, you get an undoubtedly tasty sweetness. Lovely caramel apple flavours with an easy smoothness.

Springbank 10 Year Old – £39.99

Easily one of my favourite distilleries. Based on Campbeltown, Springbank are still a family run distillery that does every bit of the whisky making process in house! Not many can say that these days. This 10 year old is rich and full toasted malt flavours with tangy fruit notes. The slight and perfect amount of peat gently passes over the tongue.

Tomatin Legacy – £25.95

This wonderful bottling from an equally wonderful distillery, was bottled to pay homage to the dedicated community that is at the heart of the distillery. As part of it’s legacy, Tomatin remains one of the only distilleries that provides a home for it’s craftsmen. Flavours of vanilla cake, crisp citrus and a piney freshness.