There is always something happening at Taconic Distillery. Whether it be R&D on a new offering and a cocktail tasting party, or playing with the dogs as we wait for the whiskey to age to perfection. You can stay up-to-date with what’s happening here by checking back frequently or liking our Facebook page.
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For decades, beverage makers like Taconic Distillery in Dutchess County, have taken a locally-focused, earth-to-bottle approach to their craft. Award-winning wines, beers, and spirits are a testament to our success. We're proud to be a part of this group of artisans.
Taconic Distillery featured in Organic Hudson Valley magazine.
Like so many local entrepreneurs, the couple admired this beautiful valley from afar for decades before recently deciding to plant their roots here, turning a tract of forgotten farmland into a productive enterprise. In so doing, the Coughlins are helping turn the Hudson Valley into a bourbon drinker’s destination; one perhaps lacking the history of Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, yet matching it in quality in terms of the end results
Taconic Distillery Founder's Rye Whiskey awarded a 90.5 from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible is the world’s leading whisky guide. Each edition contains over 4,600 detailed, professionally analysed and easy to understand tasting notes on the world’s leading and lesser known whiskies.
February, 2017 - Taconic Distillery's Founder, Paul Coughlin, featured in Taste the Dram blog.
Tell us about what whiskey you currently produce. Do you source the ingredients locally, if so, how important is it?
PC: All of our whiskies are produced from local New York grains. It is a feature that is important to us as New Yorkers and important to the local region where we operate.
Download the interview's pdf.
February, 2017 - Margarett Waterbury of The Whiskey Wash reviews TD's Double Barrel Bourbon Maple Whiskey
WHISKEY REVIEW ROUND-UP: MAPLE-FINISHED WHISKEYS
Some bourbons and ryes have qualities that naturally suggest maple syrup—warm baking spices, apple, etc.—but this base spirit seems to move in a different, more herbaceous direction.
December, 2016 - Taconic Distillery makes Rural Intelligence's ANNUAL HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE.
This Stanfordville, NY distillery and tasting room was only officially completed in August of this year, but its Dutchess Private Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey already has earned accolades from Hudson Valley Magazine and Maxim.
View the gift guide. Download the pdf.
October, 2016 - The WHISKEY REVIEWER grades Cask Strength Rye Whiskey
"...easy to drink when sipped neat as it immediately put a smile on my face. I thought to myself, 'this is going to be fun.'"
Read the full review.
April, 2016 – THE NEW YORK TIMES covers Creating Intoxicating Brews
"Many companies have done barrel-aged coffees, Mr. Love said, using white-oak, wine and old beer barrels. “It’s all come out kind of eh,” he said, “so we took everything we knew about barreling and aging coffee, put it to the right side — and we went left and did everything else.”
What they did was put green, unroasted beans in a barrel that had been used for rye and then rum at Taconic Distillery, aged them for three months, roasted them “and boom, Drunken Dog was there."
April, 2015 – The adoption of a new name. Millbrook Distillery, voted Best New Bourbon in 2014 by Hudson Valley Magazine, Best Bourbon by Maxim Magazine (May 2014), and winner of recent CBS Radio bourbon taste test, becomes TACONIC DISTILLERY.
The new name reflects the distillery's location in the historic Hudson Valley, home to bountiful farms, beautiful scenery, and National Historic Landmarks. The logo continues to feature our beloved Copper, the American foxhound.
September, 2014 – Millbrook Distillery shows at the Sandanona Game Fair
May, 2014 – THE MILLBROOK INDEPENDENT interviews founder Paul Coughlin.
“I am an avid sportsman. I love the outdoors. I started coming up to shoots at Tamarack and Orvis in 2004 or 2005.” Read the full interview.
May, 2014 – MAXIM gives Millbrook Distillery the blue medal in its May DRINKS section. According to their taster, it’s like “being kissed by a sunny field. Tongues and everything.”
March, 2014 – HELLO HUDSON VALLEY! By Carlo De Vito, author of Wineries of the East Coast.
“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!”
March, 2014 - Awarded Best of Hudson Valley by Hudson Valley Magazine.
February, 2014 – THE WHISKEY REVIEWER gives Millbrook Distillery high marks.
“Dutchess Private Reserve offers a rather sweet nose, with corn and cereal grain, as well as vanilla. On the palate, you’ll find a bourbon made for sipping, eminently enjoyable and easygoing. Very smooth, with more vanilla, honey, and a malty sweetness.
The finish is pleasant and warm, lingering without overstaying its welcome. The bourbon is very consistent throughout. Add ice and the bourbon becomes chewier, with more pronounced grain flavors and a shorter, sharper finish.
Dutchess Private Reserve is bottled at 90 proof (45% abv), definitely a bourbon worth trying if you can get your hands on it, and particularly as the first release of an outfit which has just opened its doors, it hits high marks.”
January, 2014 – THE MILLBROOK INDEPENDENT features Millbrook Distillery's Bourbon debut. Read it.
October 21, 2013 – Millbrook Distillery bottles its first batch of Dutchess Private Reserve Bourbon.
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