Hudson Maple Cask Rye Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Hudson Maple Cask Rye

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  • Distiller:

    Hudson

  • Bottler:

    Hudson

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 78
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: A bit too much of the oak is still present, adding an overpowering woody aromatic to the sugar and spice, almost like a varnish. It doesn't quite end with everything nice.
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  • Raided Score: 65
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: The packaging is beautiful and I like the distinctive stubby shape, but it’s hard to recommend this one to anybody interested in what’s inside the bottle.
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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: I need to be convinced of the attraction; the maple and rye jar a bit when jammed together. And the price—$82 for 750 ml—seems crazy.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Altogether this is fun stuff, my sole complaint being that the underlying spirit is just too young (a frequent issue I have with Hudson’s whiskeys). With another couple of years in these barrels, I wager this stuff would really have started to sing.
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  • Raided Score: 65
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is entirely awful, completely young and absolutely without much merit at all. It's a young, underdeveloped rye with some maple finishing tacked on in hopes to mask some of the awful character. It fails.
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  • Intro:

    Is there one?

  • Nose:

    Young, green, wet cardboard. Oats, damp grass. It smells young, musty and green.

  • Taste:

    Sweet, sweet, sweet. Funky maple notes but artificially grassy and damp. Cardboard, green, astringent. oddly like what I'd picture cardboard soaked in Aunt Jemima imitation syrup would be like blended up and diluted with street runoff. Entirely un-enjoyable.

  • Finish:

    Short, but still, somehow, far too long. Acetone and astringency are big here as is regret and more wet young rye cardboard notes.

  • Overall:

    I don't know why I subjected myself to the entire dram but I secretly hoped it would improve. "More airtime", I told myself. Well, that was a mistake. This is entirely awful, completely young and absolutely without much merit at all. It's a young, underdeveloped rye with some maple finishing tacked on in hopes to mask some of the awful character. It fails. I can think of only a few things I've had as bad as this.

  • Score:

    2

  • By t8ke
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