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New Scotland Distillery Bourbon

We really enjoyed the NYS local bourbon. It was surprisingly sophisticated, and very enjoyable to drink on our podcast. Finding them on accident, both Tom and Ian gave this bourbon high marks during their tasting.

Helderberg Bourbon is the embodiment of New Scotland Spirits’ dedication to their craft and their respect for the land from which they draw their inspiration. The name itself pays homage to the Helderberg Mountains.

Using a lot of local ingredients from what we can see, they have made a bourbon that two scotch drinkers really enjoyed :). We look forward to trying some of their other creations on a future episode hopefully!.


Tasting Notes

  1. Appearance: Helderberg Bourbon pours a rich, deep amber hue in the glass, hinting at the complexities.
  2. Nose: As you bring the glass to your nose, you’ll immediately be greeted by a captivating bouquet of aromas. Notes of vanilla and caramel mingle with subtle hints of toasted oak, creating an inviting and warm olfactory experience.
  3. Palate: Its velvety texture coats your tongue, offering a harmonious balance of flavors. Sweet caramel and butterscotch work in tandem with a robust oak flavor.
  4. Mid-Palate: Midway through your tasting, you’ll encounter a delightful spiciness that adds depth and complexity. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg intermingle with the sweeter notes, providing a well-rounded and dynamic profile.
  5. Finish: The finish is where Helderberg Bourbon truly shines. It leaves you with a warming, satisfying, and enduring sensation. The oak character comes back, accompanied by a touch of dark chocolate and even a bit of dried fruit, resulting in a memorable and balanced finish.

Production Process:

Helderberg Bourbon is meticulously crafted from a blend of locally sourced grains, including corn, rye, and malted barley. These grains are carefully selected to ensure the highest quality and flavor profile. The distillation process employs traditional methods combined with modern precision to create a spirit that respects the heritage of bourbon while pushing the boundaries of innovation.

Each batch of Helderberg Bourbon is aged in charred American oak barrels, allowing the spirit to mature gracefully and develop its distinctive character.


Helderberg Bourbon by New Scotland Spirits is a testament to the artistry and dedication of the master distillers at this Albany County, NY, distillery. It embodies the spirit of the Helderberg Mountains and reflects the rich history of the region. With its well-balanced flavors, captivating aroma, and unforgettable finish. Whether enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in your favorite bourbon cocktail, Helderberg Bourbon is sure to leave a lasting impression and a desire for more.