This incredibly distinctive solera-aged bourbon is aged partially in rare Premier Cru Sauternes wine casks.
Solera is an arduous maturation and blending method that is most commonly used to produce styles of fortified wine such as sherry, Port, Madeira, and Marsala, but also products such as rum, brandy, and vinegar. The main allure for solera aged products, especially fortified wines, is that the final blend may contain a measure of liquid that is quite old – in some blends that drop might even be more than several decades old.
A few years ago, master distiller David Pickerell decided to create a solera aged bourbon for Hillrock Estate Distillery in New York’s Hudson Valley. The main inspiration in creating Hillrock’s solera was first to create a whiskey that was differentiated from the pack by uncommon depth of character and consistency. Second, to use a technique that has substantial historical roots. Third, to capitalize on the wine background of the owner, Jeff Baker, and distillery manager, Tim Welly. The solera system seemed the best answer to all of the above.
Inviting, complex aromas and flavors of caramelized stone fruits, cashew brittle, mocha cream, and delicate bbq woods and rubs with a round, vibrant, medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long honeyed toasted coconut, fruit cake drizzled in creme Anglaise, rich brown spices and cola, and waxed wood finish. A stylish and elegant bourbon with everything one would look for in a sipping whisky.
Spicy, Spirity, Complex, Fruity & Rich
Color: Dark amber
Aroma: caramelized stone fruits, cashew brittle, mocha cream, and delicate bbq woods and rubs
Taste: honeyed toasted coconut, fruit cake drizzled in creme Anglaise, rich brown spices and cola, and waxed wood