Hillrock Estate Distillery resurrects New York’s historical craft spirits legacy with meticulously hand-crafted, solera-aged Hudson Valley bourbon.
Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey
During the early 1800s, New York played a significant role in the production of barley and rye, with the Hudson Valley serving as a prominent grain source and a thriving hub for local craft spirits. Over 1000 farm distilleries emerged, crafting Whiskey and Gin that reflected the unique terroir of the region. However, the advent of Prohibition in the 1930s led to the closure of these distilleries, resulting in a cessation of American spirits production.
Hillrock Estate Distillery aims to revive this heritage. Their objective is to create the finest hand-crafted spirits using their own grain, which is floor malted, meticulously distilled in a copper pot still, aged in high-quality oak, and carefully bottled on-site in the Hudson Valley Highlands. Set against the backdrop of rolling barley fields and the Berkshire Mountains, Hillrock Distillery is crowned by an exquisitely restored 1806 Georgian house that once belonged to a successful grain merchant and Revolutionary War Captain. This setting exemplifies their dedication to maintaining the tradition of rich history, ensuring every detail is refined and quality remains paramount.
Hillrock distinguishes itself as the pioneer of solera-aged bourbon, employing a unique aging method where casks are stacked atop each other, allowing periodic removal of whiskey and addition of new whiskey. This results in heightened age and complexity over time, as no barrel is fully emptied. Following this maturation, Hillrock bourbon is finished in 20-year-old Oloroso sherry casks, with an average age of 6 years. It is bottled at 46.3% alc/vol.
In terms of tasting notes, the nose offers spice, oak, and corn sweetness, while the palate presents flavors of grilled corn, sugar cane, milk chocolate, peach cobbler, and leather. The finish is long, marked by white pepper, oak, and toffee.