Private Bourbon for the Public

A Hudson Valley distillery and a bourbon-savvy Westchester wine-and-spirits store have the perfect recipe for private-label bourbon.


Taconic Distillery, founded by Paul and Carol Coughlin in 2010 in Dutchess County’s Stanfordville, was the result of a midlife change for the couple. “My family and I purchased land in the Hudson Valley and were looking for a way to farm or make use of it,” Paul says.

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Since then, Westchester residents have enjoyed making the drive up to Taconic’s tasting room on the weekends. Now, they can also imbibe private-reserve bourbons from Bedford Hills’ Vine & Co. Intent on expanding its brand, Taconic started the collaboration with Vine & Co. last year, with Reserve bourbon, and has since branched out to selling a double-barrel bourbon whiskey with maple syrup. Bourbon, which must be aged in new American oak barrels for a minimum of two years, gets its flavor from the char of the barrel. Taconic and Vine & Co. sampled bourbons from different barrels to get the taste the store can call its own.

For Vine & Co., having private-reserve bourbon reinforces the fact that they are passionate and knowledgeable about the spirit, says assistant manager Ian Hutchens. “Our customers appreciate that Taconic is a local distillery, and since we had a hand in the process, we’re able to talk about the taste,” he notes. Hutchens describes the bourbon as “sweet and mellow, with undertones of holiday spices.”

Taconic Distillery

Vine & Co.
Bedford Hills

Photo courtesy of Taconic Distillery

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