Hillrock Estate Madeira Cask Finished Double Cask Rye
Hillrock Estate // New York, USA
Hillrock Estate is the brainchild of businessman Jeffrey Baker, who enlisted Master Distiller Dave Pickerell to create the first farm to glass whiskey in the Hudson Valley, NY. In essence it’s technically a triple cask, taking their Double Cask Rye - a 100% estate-grown rye that is aged for 2.5 years in new char No. 3 oak barrels, then 1.5 years in char No. 4 - and giving it an additional 6-8 week rest in ex-Madeira casks.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak, finished in ex-Madeira casks
"Madeira is always an interesting choice when it comes to cask-finishing because it isn’t as grapey or jammy as port nor as sweet and nutty as Oloroso sherry. Here the Madeira plays off the inherent spicy rye flavors by adding some fresh herbal notes of sage and thyme with additional flavors of ripe peach and plum. Fuller flavors of milk chocolate and toffee come through, which are set off by strong oaky accents. The smoky flavors of the original whisky don’t quite fold into the rest of the elements, but it’s still an enjoyable whiskey to sip. "