Discovering Hidden Marsh Distillery in Upstate New York is a fortuitous find..housed with the Montezuma Winery, the tasting room has lot to offer.
Isn’t it wonderful when you find hidden gems along the road?
I was recently in upstate New York in the Finger Lakes region with my family, heading home. We decided that we wanted to stop at one of the many wineries & distilleries that dot the area (the entire greater northeastern US is booming with breweries, wineries, and distilleries). A quick search told us that there was a winery/distillery, Montezuma Wintery and Hidden Marsh Distillery, right along our route...and it was open. Score!
Montezuma Winery started as a honey farm, transitioned to a meadery producing honey wines, fruit, and grape wines. Hidden Marsh's copper column still produces an assortment of brandy and liquors, honey vodka, and of course, whiskey...their website features 8 different spirits. The tasting room and gift shop definitely skews to the winery side (lots of wine-related signs, towels, magnets, and other paraphernalia), but the bar offers both wine and whiskey tastings. My daughter & her fiancé went for wine…3 guesses as to what I chose!
Time for a sip!
Hidden Marsh Distillery
May, 18, 2018
Hidden Marsh Distillery Judd's Tangle Foot
- Nose: light caramel, vanilla, cinnamon corn sugar
- Taste: corn, caraway, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar
- Finish: white pepper slowly rises, lightly mint
- Comments: definitely corn predominates, sweetly bourbon-like, nice to sip
Hidden Marsh Distillery Lone Logger's Bourbon Whiskey
- Nose: corn sugar dominates, caramel, vanilla, lightly cinnamon
- Taste: spice almonds, strong caraway, baking spices, ginger, buttered popcorn
- Finish: fades to faint brown sugar
- Comments: lots of corn, hidden layers, nice
Hidden Marsh Distillery Queen’s Flight
- Nose: clover honey, vanilla ice cream, butter
- Taste: sweet to start, baking spices, Creme brûlée, toasted almonds, oak
- Finish: cinnamon rears up and lingers
- Comments: drinks like a bourbon, fooled me!
The distillery was easy to find at the crossroads of Hwys 89 & 5 in Seneca Falls (along the Cayuga Wine Trail and just down the road from the Women's Rights National Historical Park) and it’s a cute place to stop for a sip (or maybe a picnic!). There were many more spirit expressions for me to try...the state of NY limits the tasting to just 3 per person per day. And of course there’s the winery’s offerings, so I definitely have reason to go back. A fortuitous find, indeed!
Slainté! L’chaim! Cheers!