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!


Hidden Marsh Distillery tasting room menu
Hidden Marsh has many spirits on it’s tasting menu


Time for a sip!


Hidden Marsh Distillery tasting lineup bottles
My tasting lineup at Hidden Marsh Distillery…so glad we found this place!

Hidden Marsh Distillery

May, 18, 2018

Hidden Marsh Distillery Judd's Tangle Foot

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: American Whiskey, Corn Whiskey, Whiskey
Author: Tammy Spencer, Scotch & Scones

Tasting Notes

  • 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

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: American Whiskey, Bourbon, Whiskey
Author: Tammy Spencer, Scotch & Scones

Tasting Notes

  • 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

Distilled from honey
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: American Whiskey, Whiskey
Author: Tammy Spencer, Scotch & Scones

Tasting Notes

  • 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!
Hidden Marsh Distillery awards
It’s a winner! (photo credit: Hidden Marsh Distillery)


Montezuma Winery storefront
Easy to find, Montezuma Winery is worth a visit!

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!


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