October - Spirit of the Month

Hillrock Estate Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey

Hudson Valley, New York

Hillrock Estate Distillery, making use of the solera technique in its bourbon, is one of a few field to glass whiskey producers in the world.  They also claim the throne of being one of the first American distilleries since before Prohibition to floor malt their estate grown grain.  Located in upstate New York in the Hudson Valley, Hillrock is led by former Maker’s Mark head distiller Dave Pickerell, who is the mastermind behind the idea of using solera aging for whiskey.

The solera aging system is quite simple. While mainly used in cognac, ports and sherries, the process involves filling a series of casks at different intervals over a long period of time.  As the whiskey from the oldest cast is bottled, the cask is re-filled with the equivalent amount from the next oldest cask.  This is repeated until the youngest cask is filled with new whiskey.  No cask is ever emptied, and the youngest whiskey ages and cascades through the solera while it continues to age and grow in complexity in time.

After cascading through the solera, Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon is finished in 20 year old Oloroso Sherry casks. What you end up with is a sweet nose with notes of caramel and vanilla, slightly floral and fruity. The palate is well-balanced with roasted corn, toast and raisin. Sherry finishing adds flavors of walnut, fig and candied fruit. The finish is medium-long with notes of sweet caramel and butterscotch.

96 Points, Wine Enthusiast.

 

 

Sale Price: $89.99 per bottle

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