One of our favs from the Hillrock Estate Distillery, New York’s first Field-To-Glass® distillery, is their Estate Rye Whiskey finished in French Sauternes casks. Continuing the commitment to create the highest quality artisanal whiskeys, Hillrock’s estate-grown and crafted, 100% rye whiskey reflects the unique terroir of the Hudson Valley and incorporates rare Premier Cru Sauternes wine casks into the aging process.
Sauternes wine, known as the “nectar of the gods”, is characterized by the balance of sweetness and acidity, with a nutty flavor and notes of apricots, honey and peaches. This exceptional wine is made only in the Graves section of Bordeaux with grapes affected by Botrytis fungus – better known as the “noble rot”. Botrytis causes the grapes to become partially raisined, resulting in a concentrated and distinctive flavor profile which is renowned world-wide. In the 18th century, both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were major Sauternes connoisseurs.
Finishing Hillrock Estate Distillery Double Cask Rye in French Sauternes casks merges tradition and terroir, creating a rounded, almost buttery texture with notes of honey and citrus lemon.