Geoffrey Wilson , Poughkeepsie Journal
Tuthilltown Spirits, the Gardiner-based distillery which has helped pave the way for New York distilleries to open, has been bought by Scottish distiller William Grant & Sons.
This move marks the next phase in the relationship between the two distilleries, as William Grant & Sons acquired Tuthilltown's flagship Hudson Whiskey in 2010.
"We’ve been working with William Grant & Sons for a number of years and look forward to building on that relationship to help Tuthilltown fully achieve its potential," Tuthilltown Spirits co-founder Ralph Erenzo said in a press release.
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As part of the acquisition, William Grant & Sons now owns the 36-acre distillery, restaurant and visitor center in Gardiner.
"In 2010, William Grant & Sons bought the Hudson Whiskey brand as we were not only attracted to the possibilities within the American whiskey category but in particular, the authenticity of the Hudson brand and the excellence of the whiskey; the same is true of the distillery," William Grant & Sons CEO Simon Hunt said in a press release.
Beyond Hudson Whiskey, Tuthilltown's spirits include Half Moon Orchard Gin, Indigenous Apple Vodka and Tuthilltown Cacao Liqueur.
While Tuthilltown may no longer be local owned, the distillery can still count on Erenzo's involvement.
"Ralph will still be very much involved in the business on a day to day basis collaborating and experimenting with our team of distillery experts and master blenders," Hunt said.
With a history dating back to 1887, William Grant & Sons is perhaps best known for its single malt Glenfiddich, The Balvenie single malt and Grant’s Scotch whisky.