ABOUT

SPIRITS

Taconic Distillery, established in 2013, is a purveyor of fine craft spirits located in the Hudson Valley of New York. We handcraft our award-winning bourbon and rye whiskies in small batches using the finest ingredients, including grains grown in New York and natural spring water from our farm. 

Inspired by hunting and fishing, Taconic embraces a passion for the outdoors and that passion is imprinted on all our spirits.

All of our spirits are brilliant for simple sipping. They also make excellent traditional and signature cocktails.

We are proud members of the American Distilling Institute, the American Craft Spirits Association and the New York Distillers Guild.

Our Difference

To preserve the complete flavor of our whiskey, we do not chill filter.

Whiskey is distilled at below 160 proof to retain more of the flavor from the grains it was made from. Those flavors are transferred through the distilling process as fatty molecules (flavor oils). Some distillers will sacrifice a certain amount of flavor for clarity at this point, and chill filter their whiskies to remove some of these fatty molecules. They get a clear whiskey, but remove some of the flavor. Taconic does not chill filter, so sometimes our whiskey may show some “cloudiness”.  This does not mean the whiskey is flawed. On the contrary, it is proof we have imparted as much flavor to the whiskey as possible.

Aging occurs in cycles. On hot summer days, the whiskey expands through the char, through the red layer, and into the well-dried but otherwise untreated wood beneath. While in the wood, the whiskey dissolves various delicious compounds. In the cool of the evening, the liquid contracts and brings all of the dissolved wood goodies out with it, where they begin to flavor the body of the whiskey.

The char layer reacts with and either traps or softens any bad congeners that remain in the spirit, taming them and rendering them either innocuous or tasty.

THE PRAISE

“Dutchess Private Reserve has a lovely coppery color to it, or maybe like a gorgeous amber maple syrup. It starts off with a wonderful baked quality like cookies in the oven, butter, butterscotch, cookie dough, honey, vanilla, and lots of spice. It got a little bit of a bite up front, but goes down incredibly smoothly without a lot of burn. And it’s definitely not as sweet as it smells. In fact, it’s a beautiful, elegant, wonderful bourbon. Fantastic! Move over everyone, the valley now has yet another superior bourbon!

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Dutchess Private Reserve

Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Our award-winning bourbon (Hudson Valley Magazine and Maxim Magazine) has been described as subtle and sophisticated. A beautiful bouquet of spice and honey with gentle notes of vanilla coming out to provide for a smooth finish.

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Straight Rye Whiskey

All the senses are awoken with this whiskey. It’s exceptionally smooth for a high-proof rye! It’s the perfect rye for the whiskey drinker who has always been nervous to try rye. Copper loves it in cocktails and drinking it neat by the fire.

“Sawdust falls upon the crisp grains to leave no doubt of either the whiskey type or hefty oak influence; towards the background there is an old Christmas pudding soaked in brandy...”
~ Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
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Barrel Strength Bourbon Whiskey

Our high-rye mash bill insures a long, warm after-glow to our 115 proof bourbon! The flavor profile is heightened with bold notes of caramel, butterscotch and vanilla. Copper suggests one should sit for this nice and neat or sip it in a Taconic signature cocktail.

“Serious depth to the tannin: red liquorice and molasses abound...Roasty and a good small grain portfolio, too. Good grief...! It is the nose in liquid form.”
~ Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
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Founder's Rye Whiskey

Our rye brings out the best of our terroir. The addition of mineral-rich, artisanal spring water cools the whiskey resulting in an exceptionally smooth rye. On cold fall days, enjoy it neat or in a perfect Manhattan.

“Well done, people of Taconic Distillery. You sure know how to make a rye whiskey!”
~ Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible

Double Barrel Bourbon Maple Whiskey

Our unique double barrel bourbon produces just a hint of maple syrup sweetness. The result is a  slightly sweet butteriness which is unmistakable. Copper suggests sipping this once-a-year product nice & neat or drawn up in your favorite cold weather cocktail.

Rolling Hills Rum

Our rum is carefully aged in our spent rye barrels. The resulting spirit produces an overall increase in depth of sophistication and flavor. Copper suggests trying this neat with one of his signature cigars or made into his favorite cocktail, a Dark 'N Stormy.