Well this is an interesting one -- it doesn't really smell like a single malt. The nose is more like a bourbon or rye, with tinges of malt. I get corn, butterscotch, and loads of spice, notably cinnamon. Interesting and inviting. On the palate it's almost exactly what the nose advertised. A bourbony-malt-rye flavor. In fact, if I were given this blind, I don't think I'd peg it as a single malt. The finish is lengthy, and the tails leave a green and dank flavor (very reminiscent of butter made from, uh, something I did in college). The label advises a splash of water, and I did indeed find myself preferring it with a small splash... it took off some rough, spiritous edges (though they weren't particularly pronounced to begin with), turned down the volume on the spices some, and let the sweetness shine through a little more, making this a medium-sweet malt. To note, the glass definitely improves the more time I spend with it -- which, with something young and maverick-y like this, is a big plus and a nice accomplishment. Quite unique and definitely tasty stuff. Can't wait to see what these guys produce in the future. (Year 08 Batch 6)
N: Whoa, all sorts of stuff going on! A mix of bourbon notes (cinnamon, charred oak) with a potpourri of floral smells (evergreen, clove, lavender). P: A very heavy and big bodied single malt, dominated by oak and evergreen. It's like it was aged in a Pine barrel for 30 years. Really interesting and a tasty change of pace. F: Sweet and long. Very unique. Don't go trying to compare it with a single malt scotch, it's not even close, but it's good drinking none the less.
Batch 3, 2009: The aroma is fruity with some spice (spice seems to be a Hudson characteristic). Very nice flavor with lots of pine/fir type flavors and some licorice, very herbal stuff. This one should be taken straight as water dilutes the flavor and adds some bitterness. Overall, a bit flat but interesting.