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A Whiskey Expert's Take on 10 New York Bourbons

Published: March 15, 2019

“In the past decade, New York whiskeys have been on fire,” says Heather Greene, a renowned whiskey connoisseur and the author of "Whiskey Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life". She is the go-to spirits advisor for media publishers including Eater, CNBC, and The Food Network, among others, and was recently named CEO of Ben Wilam Whiskey.

Watch Greene, who has travelled around the world as a whiskey consultant and educator, taste ten of the empire state’s top bourbons.

  1. Kings Country Distillery Straight Bourbon
    This bottle stands out with robust notes of wood and dark cherry.

  2. Widow Jane 10 Year Bourbon
    This is the closest New York whiskey gets to a Kentucky bourbon.

  3. Van Brunt Stillhouse Bourbon
    Young, grainy, and grass-forward, this bottle is well-suited for spring and summer drinking.

  4. Rough Rider The Happy Warrior Cask Strength Bourbon
    Aged in wine casks, this Long Island whiskey delivers lush floral and citrus notes.

  5. Taconic Barrel Strength Straight Bourbon
    The nose features a slight hint of sulfur—an aftereffect of cabernet cask finishing.

  6. Catskill Distilling Co. Most Righteous Bourbon
    Heather is impressed by how this distillery has “grown up.”

  7. Black Dirt Bourbon
    This bottle is light and tropical with hints of peach.

  8. Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon
    A winner in Heather’s book for its color, round finish, and hints of wood and vanilla.

  9. Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Baby Bourbon
    This distiller helped define New York’s craft whiskey generation. Raw and grainy, the bourbon tastes like a farm.

  10. Breuckelen Distilling Straight Bourbon
    This wheated bourbon is robust, raw, and grassy.

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