Hudson Whiskey Releases Seasonal Maple Cask Rye, Now in 750ml Bottles

Hudson Whiskey’s autumn favorite returns; Released for the first time in 750ml bottles

New York – This autumn, Hudson Whiskey releases the fourth batch of the perennial favorite, Hudson Maple Cask Rye, perfect to celebrate the return of “whiskey season.” For the first time ever the Maple Cask Rye is available in 750ml bottles in addition to the well-known 375ml apothecary-style bottles. This Hudson Whiskey variant is the result of a partnership with Wood’s Syrup maple tappers who use Hudson Whiskey barrels to age their syrup then returns them to the distillery to finish off the Maple Cask Rye and impart a subtle maple sweetness into the classic whiskey. The Maple Cask Rye will have a recommended retail price of $54.99 and will join Hudson Whiskey’s signature Baby Bourbon, Manhattan Rye and New York Corn variants in larger size bottles, affirming the industry and consumer demand for Hudson Whiskey’s award-winning spirits.

“With Hudson, we set out to make great whiskey in New York again,” said Hudson Whiskey co-founder and craft distilling pioneer Ralph Erenzo. “With the investment from William Grant & Sons, we’ve been able to expand our production to support increased demand without ever cutting corners. More than a decade since we began, we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished with Hudson Whiskey, and craft distilling in New York and beyond. We continue to change the landscape for the spirits industry, for farmers and for whiskey lovers.”

The seasonal Maple Cask Rye was first released in 2012 after Hudson Whiskey developed a partnership with the Wood family in Randolph, Vermont who use Hudson’s Baby Bourbon barrels to age their syrup. The maple-cured casks are then returned to the distillery, filled with specially selected barrels of fully aged Manhattan Rye Whiskey and then rest an additional three to four months to allow the flavors inside to blend. This cask finish technique creates a well-balanced taste profile of maple sweetness with all of the spiciness of rye whiskey without any additional ingredients. The Maple Cask Rye’s unique process emphasizes Hudson Whiskey’s dedication to supporting local resources in the production process. Truly grain to glass, Hudson Whiskey sources 90 percent of its grains from within 60 miles of the distillery.

“The Maple Cask Rye shines in cocktails as well as it does neat or with a splash of water,” said Han Shan, Hudson Whiskey Ambassador. “It’s our rustic rye, but finished in maple syrup-cured oak barrels that impart a natural and subtle sweetness with notes of vanilla and black tea.”

Hudson Whiskey is available in fine restaurants, bars and retailers across the U.S., as well as in the UK, Europe and Asia. For cocktail ideas and more information on Hudson Whiskey, please visit

Cocktails include:

Hudson Maple Old Fashioned

The original whiskey cocktail with a Hudson Valley twist and hint of maple goodness.

  • 2 parts Hudson Maple Cask Rye
  • 1/2 teaspoon good-quality maple syrup
  • 2-3 dashes (to taste) aromatic bitters—pronounced notes of clove and cinnamon make the Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged bitters a great choice.
  • Apple slice & cinnamon stick for garnish

To an Old Fashioned/rocks glass, add maple syrup and bitters, then ice and Maple Cask Rye. Stir until well-chilled and garnish with a couple thin slices of freshly-sliced apple and a cinnamon stick.

The Ramble

  • 2 parts Hudson Maple Cask Rye
  • 1/2 part Cynar
  • 1/2 part dry vermouth
  • 1 bar spoon Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters

Stir ingredients over ice to chill, then strain into rocks glass over one large cube. Flame a sprig of rosemary for aroma and garnish.

Fall Back

  • 2 parts Hudson Maple Cask Rye
  • 1⁄4 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1⁄4 part maple syrup
  • 2 parts apple cider
  • Cayenne pepper

To an Old Fashioned/rocks glass, add ice, then lemon juice, then maple syrup, then whiskey, then apple cider, and stir briefly to mix. Add dash cayenne pepper on top, and serve with straw.

Great cocktails start with responsible measuring.


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