Exclusive: Hillrock Solera Aged, Napa Cabernet Finished Bourbon
Liquorama has been lucky enough to work with Hillrock Distilleries to create a unique and exciting whiskey that is exclusively available through Liquorama. The Hillrock Solera aged bourbon, finished in Napa Cabernet barrels was one of the last creations of legendary distiller Dave Pickerell, famous for his work at Maker’s Mark and WhistlePig, as well as Hillrock. A towering figure in the industy, Pickerell pioneered the solera aging process in bourbon production and created Hillrock’s famous Solera aged bourbon.
This groundbreaking process uses the same aging technique common in Sherry, Port, and Cognac production. In the solera process, a succession of containers are filled with the product over a series of equal aging intervals, usually a year. A group of one or more containers are filled for each interval. At the end of the interval after the last barrel is filled, the oldest barrel in the solera is tapped for part of its content, which is bottled. Then that scale is refilled from the next oldest scale, and that one in succession from the second-oldest, down to the youngest scale, which is refilled with new product. This procedure is repeated at the end of each aging interval. The transferred product mixes with the older product in the next barrel. No container is ever drained, so some of the earlier product always remains in each container. This process ensure a bourbon of high quality and complexity, unlike any other bourbon on the market.
Liquorama has teamed up with Hillrock to take this process one step further by finishing the solera aged bourbon in Napa Cabernet casks for added depth of flavor and complexity. 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. Current average age of the Hillrock Solera Bourbon is over 6 years and is one of the most awarded American whiskeys available.