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Hillrock Estate Distillery is located in Ancram, NY, about an hour northeast of our shop, close to the Massachusetts and Connecticut borders. The estate has a beautiful Georgian house that was built by a successful grain merchant and Revolutionary War Captain, dating back to 1806 (hence the 1806 on the bottle). Owner Jeff Baker and master distiller Dave Pickerell are producing some of the finest handcrafted small-batch whiskies in New York, using their own floor malted grain distilled in a copper pot still and aged in fine oak. They are one of the few remaining “field-to-glass” whiskey producers in the world and the first in the USA to floor malt on site since Prohibition. They are able to reflect the unique local terroir in their quality products by controlling every step of production. The double cask rye whiskey is unique in that is is aged in new #3 char American oak and then moved to new #4 char, giving it the ideal balance of layers of caramel and vanilla to perfectly complement the traditional rye spice flavors. It has hints of prune and apricot on the nose, and the caramel sweetness on the palate is followed by hints of mint, clove, cinnamon and spice, fading back to caramel and butterscotch on the warm, balanced finish.