Hillrock Estate Port Cask Finished Double Cask Rye
Hillrock Estate // New York, USA
The foundation of this whiskey is Hillrock’s Double Cask Rye, which is made from 100% organic rye grown in the fields surrounding its Hudson Valley, NY distillery. It’s first aged for 2.5 years in a new oak barrel with a No. 3 char, then another year and a half in a new barrel with a No. 4 char. Then Master Distiller Dave Pickerell takes this very whiskey and gives it a 4-6 week nap in ex-port barrels. In essence it’s a triple cask, but “Port Cask Finished Double Cask” is just more fun to say.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak; finished in ex-port casks
"The spiciness of the rye plays off the port in an interesting way, almost like a berry jam that was cooked with extra cinnamon sticks and nutmeg. The smoky flavors from the original whisky add a pleasant puff in the finish. Dominant oaky and cedar notes blanket the rest of the flavor profile. This is for true rye heads looking for something different to try."