American Whiskey - Bourbon

Hillrock Estate Distillery Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey

From: New York, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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99th Percentile
This score falls in the 99th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Proof66 Notes

Hillrock Solera aged bourbon is their first whiskey release and is the idea of Master Distiller David Pickerell. Solera aging involves never fully emptying the oldest cask of whiskey but refilling it from the next oldest and blending before bottling. The bourbon itself is a blend of corn and rye with the rye said to be "about" 37% (difficult to tell in a solera model).

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This bottle has 2 ratings and 2 reviews.
shonobiwan shonobiwan (2)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-08-16)
Good craft whiskey
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Memphis Memphis (13)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-07-01)
I bought this bottle as a result of the strong scores it has been getting. For perspective, I know have around 40 bottles in my collection. I am trying to be a bourbon purist and avoiding whiskys finished in another type of barrel. In my opinion these are flavored whiskys, and may be delicious, but are not purely bourbon. I am not sure if this bottle is intending to always have a Sherry flavoring or not. In terms a flavor, this is quite delicious. Nicely sweet in the front and not too strong. I can pick up hints of the fruit mentioned in the description above. The description indicates a high Rye component which I don't usually like. However I don't taste the Rye at all, I would say this is wheated. The Rye normally provides a spice in the backend of high rye mashbills, but is not evident at all here. As a result this is very smooth and rates up there with my favorites. So the question comes, how many stars? If this is a relative score then you the reader have to evaluate my other scores to see what a four or five means from me to calibrate that to your own sense. For example, one reviewer of Jesse James bourbon gave it a five despite its usually very low scores. That reviewer was just ecstatic to be drinking something other than Tequilla which is what all his other reviews had been. Also, if the score is relative, what if I find another bourbon I like better, I cant give the new one a six? One solution that could work is to give the number of stars equal to the price you would be willing to pay for the bottle, $10 equals one star, $30 equals three stars, etcetera. However this bottle is $80 and I am a cheapskate. In this case I would give it a six or seven, which is excellent, but below the $80 it costs. A note to Proof66 staff, it would be nice to be able to vote 0 stars for something that I would not buy at all. Also would be nice to have more stars to pick from.
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