July 2019: Solera Bourbon

What is a solera style bourbon?

The solera process is a method for fractionally blending liquids so that the aging casks are never emptied, and the average age of the finish product gradually increases. Generally, the way to understand the solera process to picture a barrel rack three high. The uppermost barrels hold the youngest spirits and the lowest level holds the oldest spirits. As the lower level is fractionally drained and bottled the middle level barrels are fractionally drained to refill the bottom barrels and so on.

The idea behind the solera process is that a reliable style and quality is achieved over time. If a spirit is aged in a three-level solera process over the life of the process (more than 20 years) the average age of the final product converges on 5 years. Traditionally this process has been used for sherry, madeira, port and other wines and vinegars. The use of the solera process in bourbon is quite new. The bottles in this tasting event represent all available expressions of solera bourbon.

Solera

Cocktail: Bourbon Indian Summer

2 oz Bourbon
¼ oz Limoncello
½ oz Lemon juice
1 tbsp apricot jam, heaping

Sage leaves

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice, shake vigorously. Fill a small tumbler with ice and strain cocktail into the glass. Garnish with sage leaf

Credit: Sommer Collier

Solera

Oppidan Bourbon Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey

Distillery: Oppidan Spirits

Proof: 92

Mash Bill: Five grain: Corn, malted rye, chocolate malted rye, special B, and 2 row barley

Price: $50

Purchase Location: www.caskers.com

Tasting Notes: [coming soon!]

Why this bottle: Uses three different wood types for the different aging states in the Solera process: American oak, French oak, and Oloroso sherry casks

Solera

Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey

Distillery: Hillrock Estate Distillery

Proof: 92.6

Price: $90

Purchase Location: www.caskers.com

Tasting Notes: [coming soon!]

Solera

Hillrock Sauternes Cask Finished Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey

Distillery: Hillrock Estate Distillery

Proof: 90.6

Price: $105

Purchase Location: www.caskers.com

Tasting Notes: [coming soon!]

 

Solera

Hillrock Cabernet Cask Finished Solera Aged Bourbon Whiskey

Distillery: Hillrock Estate Distillery

Proof: 92.6

Price: $105

Purchase Location: www.caskers.com

Tasting Notes: [coming soon!]

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