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amdamgraham wrote:I'm guessing you are referring to Westland distillery in Seattle as the first one that got bought by Remy Cointreau? If there is another one, please advise. I am not really a fan of Hudson, their product is expensive for what it is but they definitely have the marketing craft-mystique thing nailed like Westland. Though I give more credit to Westland because they really did effectively launch the American Single Malt class of whiskey. I'm sure there are others but Westland really anchored it. I was recently in NY and bought Widow Jane which is Kentucky whiskey blended down to 90 proof with water from the Widow Jane limestone well, so not truly a New York whiskey but you can definitely taste the limestone in the product and it's good. Also picked up a bottle of Breukelen Wheat whiskey (90 proof), quite sweet but so dramatically different from my usual straight corn/bourbon purchases that it's a welcome diversion and then lastly Kings County bourbon (90 proof) which is also expensive but good quality for a small distiller. These small distiller products often taste "green" to me. I think it's the smaller barrels they use in the rush to market. I use itsy-bitsy barrels in my own corn whiskey so maybe that just makes me a bit jealous that someone else is making a living at it! (though I know lots of distilling operations are run by people with other primary employment).
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