Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon (Barrel No. 12), 46.3%

Price: $80 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Corn and oak on the nose, with a slice of fruit from sherry cask aging. Nose is strikingly different from the other two Hillrocks reviewed; sweeter, and softer. It's clearly bourbon at the front, but as the flavors move back in the mouth and into the finish, the sherry takes over and dominates, becoming quite fruity at the close, though with a firm grip of charred oak. The sherry's too much for a bourbon, especially at this price. Partially sourced whiskey.