Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - It opens with a nose of maple candy and plenty of oak spice, giving way to a palate full of characteristic rye bite, notes of cedar, vanilla, and spearmint, and a coppery finish. (Apr 2016)
Malt Advocate 81 points - Rye whiskey aged in casks used to age maple syrup. As penetrating an aroma as maple is, it’s very subtle here. The nose is rye whiskey-spicy, oily, bitter/minty-with just the barest hint of maple. The maple peeps up mid-palate for a sweet turn and lingers into the finish. I need to be convinced of the attraction; the maple and rye jar a bit when jammed together. And the price-$82 for 750 ml-seems crazy. Price is per 375 ml.
(Spring 2014) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson (Aug 2014)
The Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey has a 100% rye mash bill from local New York grain, which gets double distilled in a pot still, and then aged under 4 years in new charred oak barrels. The final step is finishing the spirit in maple syrup cured whiskey barrels before bottling at 92 proof.