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Hillrock Debuts Two Whiskeys

Jack Bettridge
Posted: June 7, 2013

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The Estate Edition, at 86 proof, will initially sell in New York and Chicago at a suggested retail price of $70 for a 375 ml bottle. The Limited Edition, made at Mount Vernon, went on sale at the presidential estate in April at $95. A portion of the proceeds support educational efforts at Mount Vernon.

Hillrock Estate Distillery Single Malt Whiskey (96.4 proof, or 48.2 alcohol by volume; no age statement; $125 a 750-milliliter bottle)

APPEARANCE: A light amber color with a lemony quality. It comes down off the glass in slow fat legs.

NOSE: The aroma starts out bready and yeasty with a bit of a Tequila note, then gets rounder and heartier before turning to honey and fruit with a touch of lemon.

PALATE: While it comes off quite spicy and rye-like in the mouth, it is a bit more pungent, with autumnal spices, cinnamon, eucalyptus, juniper and cloves.

FINISH: It seems to snap to a finish, but opens up again with the return of that Tequila note present on the nose. A novel whiskey experience.

CIGAR PAIRING: Daniel Marshall DM2 Red Label Torpedo (6 1/4 inches by 54 ring gauge, $8.90, 89 Points, February 12, 2013 Cigar Insider).

Hints of chocolate, nougat and roasted nuts come through this veiny smoke, though the draw was notably firm. The herbal finish lingers on the palate. The Hillrock beelines for the cigars cocoa quality, accentuating that as well as the nuttiest. The Daniel Marshall in turn calls out the fruit found on the whiskey's nose. Berries as well as sweet lemon arise. A very friendly partnership.

Ashton Sun Grown Pegasus (5 inches by 54 ring gauge, $11, 90 points, April 2013 Cigar Aficionado).

This dark, oily cigar is bold and strong with woody notes that take on a bit of salty leather and spice. The draw is lush and substantial. The whiskey tames the charcoal taste of the Sun Grown, eliciting the leather and spice, and turning out a saffron note that lasts on and on. The cigar makes the single malt spicier in turn with a bit white pepper. Another successful pairing.


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