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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hudson Single Malt: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Hudson Single Malt
The Hudson Single Malt Whiskey is a small batch American spirit made in New York. The single malt, like Scotch by the same name, refers to the whiskey being made from 100% malted barley. Whereas bourbon has to be over 50% corn and most American whiskey also has wheat or rye, the single malt barley whiskeys certainly have a different flavor. Unfortunately for Hudson, this one didn't impress. The nose is unrefined with hints of hazelnut and honeysuckle. To me the whiskey tasted like cattle feed. The nearly spoiled grain flavor was damn near off putting to where I didn't want to keep drinking. Eric tasted pine mulch and chemicals while Jeremy noticed hints of hamster cage. I found the finish to be relatively smooth for a 92 proof whiskey with poor taste, but that's not saying much. All in all, none of us were impressed. I wouldn't even suggest to anybody to get a bottle to put on the their shelf. Save some money by avoiding the single malt and go with their bourbon or something else instead.

Hudson Single Malt

Average Score 44.67

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Jay DucoteEric Ducote, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.