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Feb 10, 2012 05:21 PM

How do you properly open a bottle of Tuthilltown (Hudson) Whiskey?

The wax is more like resin. Once open, the wax is hard, jagged, and sharp. I’m finding it necessary to grind the edges down – to chip them down with a knife like granddad whittling, but shooting wax frags across the room with cartoon ricochet sound effects. I must be missing something. It can’t be this hard and complicated.

I feel guilty. Like a squirrel trying to get into the bird feeder.

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  1. I don't remember having that problem. I may have cut throught the wax with a knife. You could always grab a kitchen or plumbing torch and do a gentle "melt job" on the edges. Might work with one of the wind resistant butane lighters, too.

    1. So I'd never had this before so I had to see what the bottle looked like. Ironically I don't think they even know how you're supposed to open a bottle. This photo is from their website.

      Seems like a very sketchy way to have to open a bottle, especially if you've been drinking!

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      1. re: thimes

        oh, and the one picture of what appeared to be an open bottle on their website seemed to have all of the resin removed from the bottle.

        1. re: thimes

          Yeah, that's what pocket knives are for. Unfortunately, they're probably considered a deadly weapon rather than a tool in NY (well, at least NYC).

          1. re: ted

            Any knife with a blade under 4" that isn't spring assisted is legal in NY.

            1. re: JMF

              That's good to know. I've had one in pocket continuously for 30-ish years. Sometimes I still have it when I travel and think "I hope this doesn't get me in trouble."

        2. Hi All. First off, thanks for picking up a bottle of Hudson Whiskey. Next, you do need a knife to open one of our bottles. Its somewhat of a ceremonial process. First find the flange of the bottle (slight bump around the neck). Then push the knife (really, any old knife will do) into the wax just above the flange. Dont push too hard, just hard enough to cut a quarter inch or so in, then turn bottle while cutting. Just be careful not too cut too deep otherwise you might cut into the cork. When the top is off, you can slice vertically through the remaining wax on the bottle and peel off the wax. Once you have done this, and successfully opened the bottle, you shouldnt have this problem again.


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          1. re: gerenzo

            Gable, I was going to send you a link to this. But you beat me to it. JMF

            1. re: gerenzo

              In 2012 you'd think there would be a better way to open a bottle . . . . just saying.

              1. re: thimes

                On the contrary. I really miss the ceremony of finding the tape and opening the softer wax on the Makers Mark bottles and uncorking. Screw tops and tapes no longer hidden take some of the fun out of it. Besides, if I couldn't find the tape, it was usually time to quit anyways.

                Think I will stop by the store tonight and see if they carry it. Always ready to try a new sipping whiskey.

                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                  Let us know how your experience compares to the Original Post.