BWG is always on the lookout for New York made whiskies and spirits. Recently, Hudson Valley’s Hillrock Estate Distillery began distribution to Buffalo, ergo we jumped at the chance to review a bottle.
Hillrock’s website is informative and immersive in it’s passion for its history, production and mission. This is is an excerpt from Hillrock’s website:
“Our mission is to produce the finest hand-crafted spirits made with our own grain, floor malted, craft distilled in our copper pot still, aged in fine oak and hand bottled at our estate in the Hudson Valley Highlands. Like our premier spirits, every detail refined, no expense spared, quality steeped in the tradition of 200 years of rich history.”
Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey is touted on their site as being the world’s first Solera aged bourbon. “Solera” is a process for aging spirits by fractional blending of barrels, or batches, in such a way that the finished product is a mixture of ages. This method of aging whiskey allegedly gives the spirit a more refined and unique flavor.
Hillrock’s Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey is roughly six years old. It starts off with a warm, fruity nose of caramel, wild berries and oak. The palate has the quintessential bourbon flavors of maple, cinnamon and oak. There is also some dried dark fruits and a touch of sweet butterscotch. The finish is smooth and warming. Overall this is a fine bourbon, albeit rather typical in flavor. At $35-$45 this would be a very good value, but as it is, BWG will need more when we go to plunk down a cool hundo for a young bourbon… Locally available at Gates Circle Liquor for $95. BWG rating: 83/100.
Hillrock Estate Distillery | 408 Pooles Hill Road | Ancram, New York 12502