A truly rare solera-aged and Sherry finished Bourbon.
Dave Pickerell has had a noble career. He graduated from West Point Military Academy, served with distinction, then completed his masters degree in Chemical Engineering before working at Maker’s Mark Bourbon for thirteen years. While there, he was Chairman of the Kentucky Distillers Association and a member of the Distilled Spirits Council. In 2006 he struck out on his own, refurbishing a 200-year-old Farmhouse in the Hudson River Valley of New York to found Hillrock Farm and Distillery — a "farm to bottle" estate producer of fine Whiskies.
First, the Spirit in Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey is at least six years old. But this is the Solera method, which means that the "average age" of the Spirit is far older. Then the Whiskey is finished in Oloroso Sherry casks. It’s a costly and time-consuming process, but the solera process brings a complexity to Spirits that can’t be found any other way. It’s truly special!
First used with Madeira and Sherry Wines, the Solera method is where the barrel is only half emptied with each pass, then it is refilled. This way each new batch is half of the batch that preceded it, and so on… theoretically forever. With each generation, the average age and complexity of the Spirit increases.
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*This bottle is a collector’s item; we will not be able to entertain any refunds or exchanges.
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Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
It’s sweet on the nose with toffee, ripe fruits, and exotic florals.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate opens up with spice and more toffee before blooming with vanilla orchids, walnuts, cinnamon toast, and sultanas.
The finish is long and smooth with notes of butterscotch.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.