Hillrock Estate Distillery, New York’s first Field-To-Glass® distillery, announces the September 10, 2016 release of America’s first 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.
To date, Sauternes casks have been used to age primarily Scotch whiskies and Hillrock’s release will be the first American estate-grown and crafted 100% Rye whiskey to be aged in Sauternes casks. The terroir-driven clove and cinnamon spice of Hillrock’s award winning Double Cask Rye marries perfectly with the raisined apricot and citrus notes of Sauternes. The Sauternes finished Double Cask Rye has a copper, amber color and offers melon, honey, vanilla and spice on the nose. Flavors of honey-coated cashews, citrus and rye lead way to butter toasted bread, roast nuts and a long honeyed finish which perfectly balances the rye spice.