Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey
$45 to $50 (375 mL bottle)
What the Distillery Says:
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.
What Gary Says:
Nose: Cornbread; more like a corn whiskey than a typical bourbon; bit of burnt sugar and a hint of orange zest
Palate: Creamy corn syrup that starts off soft, and sharpens with a bit of spice at the end. This dram doesn’t attempt to mask its youthful age, but rather wears it proudly. Slight cinnamon undertone.
Finish: Relatively short but smooth, with a little spice.
Comments: I wish I had the Hudson Baby Bourbon on hand for a direct comparison, as this reminds me a lot of that, which is a 100% corn mashbill. The corn shines more easily with less age, leaving the wheat, rye and barely to play minor supporting roles. While an interesting whiskey, the price point of around $50 for a 375 mL is hard to fork over – unless you really like young corn whiskey.
We would like to thank Exposure America for providing us with a review sample.
Editorial Note: I would like to take a minute to welcome Gary to the Whisk(e)y Apostle team! Long time readers will know that Whisk(e)y Apostle was never meant to be a one man show. I think diversity of opinion is at the core of what we are trying to proselytize. I’ve had a few people review with me over the years after Matt couldn’t do it any longer. Now though, I’ve found a great guy with a fantastic palate who geeks out about whiskey (mostly bourbon and rye) as much a me. Since we were sent a sample of this bourbon and Matt and I already reviewed it a while ago I thought it would be a great first review for Gary. Please welcome him to the team!