Saturday, July 10, 2010

UK DIstiller W. Grant & Sons forms Alliance With Tuthilltown Spirits

June 2, 2010,

Tuthilltown, Gardiner, NY - TUTHILLTOWN SPIRITS ANNOUNCED TODAY the formation of a new partnership with 140 year old family owned W. GRANT & SONS of the U.K. for the production and worldwide distribution of TUTHILLTOWN’s HUDSON WHISKEY brand of handmade whiskeys.

The acquisition also adds the first American whiskey to the William Grant & Sons
portfolio, which already boasts category-leading brands such as the world’s most
awarded single malt Scotch whisky Glenfiddich as well as The Balvenie Single Malt
Scotch Whisky, Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila, Sailor Jerry Rum, Frangelico Hazelnut
Liqueur, Stolichnaya vodka, and more.

Since first being introduced in 2006, The Hudson Whiskey range has created a stir both
within the industry and the bartending community, as well as among discerning
consumers. In this short time, the micro distillery located in Gardiner, New York quickly
earned international acclaim not only for the quality of its products and innovative
packaging and marketing, but also for its pioneering spirit – it is the first whiskey
distilled in New York since Prohibition, and is the first ever New York State-produced
bourbon whiskey.

“We are both excited and proud to have added the Hudson Whiskey range to our awardwinning
portfolio.” said Simon Hunt, Managing Director – North America, William
Grant & Sons. “When our founder William Grant first built his distillery by hand in
1886, he had one dream: to create the best dram in the Valley. That dram became
Glenfiddich and that valley was the Valley of the Deer in Speyside. More than a century
later, history is repeating itself in Gardiner as the Hudson Whiskey range becomes a part
of the William Grant & Sons family. This time, the dram is Hudson Whiskey and the
valley is the Hudson valley. We are delighted to see that the spirit endures into the 21st

“All us at TUTHILLTOWN are extremely happy to be working with a family company
that shares our philosophy.” said Ralph Erenzo, distiller and partner at Tuthilltown
Spirits. “This new relationship will enable us to maintain the high quality of our products
and allow us to continue to meet the increasing level of demand, without sacrificing any
of the principles that make us what we are. We’re delighted to be taking place among
such distinguished spirits as Hendrick’s Gin, The Balvenie and Glenfiddich.”

Partners Brian Lee and Ralph Erenzo began work on the distillery which is located at the
site of the TUTHILLTOWN GRISTMILL, a National Historic Site in 2003 and placed
their first products on Hudson Valley bars and in retail outlets in Spring 2006. The
distillery’s products are distributed currently in seventeen States, seven EU countries and
DISTILLERY OF THE YEAR 2010 by the American Distilling Institute at its annual
conference in Kentucky in May; taking also Silver medals for its HUDSON
the design of the MANHATTAN RYE package. The distillery makes use of locally
grown grains and apples to produce whiskeys and vodka.

TUTHILLTOWN was instrumental in the passage of the FARM DISTILLERY ACT by
the NY Legislature, permitting farm based distilleries equal opportunity with wineries
and breweries to allow tours, tastings and direct sale of products at the distillery, a first
for NY State distillers. The distillery is open for tours on weekends.

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Contact: Ralph Erenzo, Tuthilltown