Hillrock Estate Distillery Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Hillrock Estate Distillery Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey

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Hillrock Estate Distillery Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey

SKU 03834

750ml Bottle

In the early 1800’s, New York produced more than half of America’s Barley and Rye and the Hudson Valley was the country’s breadbasket. With abundant high quality grain, local craft spirits flourished and over 1000 farm distilleries produced Whiskey and Gin reflecting the unique terroir of the region. In the 1930’s, Prohibition forced these distilleries to shut their doors and this wellspring of American spirits was left dry.


Hillrock Estate Distillery is changing this. Their mission is to produce the finest hand-crafted spirits made with their own grain, floor malted, craft distilled in copper pot stills, aged in fine oak and hand bottled at the estate in the Hudson Valley Highlands. Crowned by a fine 1806 Georgian house built by a successful grain merchant and Revolutionary War Captain and meticulously restored to its original beauty, Hillrock Distillery overlooks the estate's rolling barley fields and the distant Berkshire Mountains.

According to the Hillrock Distllery website the term 'Solera' aging is described as “A stack of barrels where a small portion of whiskey is removed periodically and new whiskey is added. No barrel is ever fully emptied, and age and complexity gradually increase over time. Hillrock marries small barrel-aged Hillrock Estate Bourbon with mature seed bourbon before finishing in 20 year-old Oloroso Sherry casks to balance flavors and add layers of complexity. The resulting spirit offers a pronounced nose of caramel, dried fruit, vanilla, oak and spice, accentuated by an elegant floral note. The full-bodied palate opens with rich notes of brown sugar, molasses and toffee, followed by roasted corn, clove, cinnamon and a touch of spicy rye. Oloroso Sherry notes of walnut, fig and candied fruit merge with caramel and butterscotch on the long, balanced finish.”


Category Bourbon
Region United States, New York, Hudson River Region
Brand Hillrock Estate Distillery
Alcohol/vol 46.3%
Proof 92.60
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Wine EnthusiastFrom master distiller Dave Pickerell, this estate-grown, field-to-flask offering makes good use of oloroso Sherry barrels. Look for peach and vanilla aromas, bold raisin and brown sugar flavors and a gentle exit that just hints at Sherry. At nearly 93 proof, the alcohol makes its presence known, so add some water or vermouth if you must. Attractive and substantial squared bottle.

Kara Newman, July 1, 2013