Tuthilltown Spirits Acquired By Scottish Whisky Company

Tuthilltown Spirits is known both as New York’s first distillery since Prohibition and also as the original makers of the popular Hudson craft whiskey line. These whiskeys, while produced by Tuthilltown, have been owned by Scottish whisky company William Grant & Sons since 2010 as part of a stable which also includes Glenfiddich and The Balvenie. Now the pioneer New York distilling outfit and William Grant have completely joined forces through an acquisition of the former by the latter.

As part of the acquisition of Tuthilltown by Willam Grant & Sons, the entire 36 acre facility has been included in the sale, the parts of which are the distillery, the gourmet restaurant, visitor center and scenic grounds with riverfront views. Staying on in a day to day business role will be Tuthilltown co-founder Ralph Erenzo, who will be collaborating and experimenting with the Grant team of distillery experts and master blenders.

Tuthilltown Spirits

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For those unfamiliar with Tuthilltown, its whiskey brand Hudson was first introduced back in 2006. The range now includes the flagship Hudson Baby Bourbon, as well as Hudson Manhattan Rye, Hudson Single Malt Whiskey, Hudson New York Corn Whiskey, Hudson Four Grain Bourbon and additional seasonal releases.

Terms of the complete acquisition were not revealed, and with this purchase we see the continuing trend of American craft whiskey makers being acquired by larger industry players.

“William Grant & Sons is a company that holds true family values and is home to a number of spirits brands we respect and admire,” said Erenzo in a prepared statement. “It is renowned for its excellence in distilling and we share similar views.  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.”