Breaking Bourbon’s "Hudson Confidential" Hillrock Estate Distillery Single Barrel Pick Takes Home Gold at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Syracuse, NY (March 30, 2020) - Breaking Bourbon’s Single Barrel Club took home a gold medal at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition for their single barrel pick Hillrock Estate Distillery’s “Hudson Confidential.” “We knew that we had selected a special barrel for our Single Barrel Club members the moment we tasted it. We’re proud and excited that the judges agreed,” said Jordan Moskal, co-founder of Breaking Bourbon.

Hudson Confidential is a 117.4 proof single barrel Hillrock Estate Solera Aged Bourbon finished in an Oloroso sherry cask. “Finishing in a 20 yr old Oloroso sherry cask adds depth to the flavor profile, but is subtle enough that many people are surprised when they hear that it’s finished in a sherry cask,” according to Jeffrey Baker, co-owner of Hillrock Estate Distillery.

Breaking Bourbon’s Single Barrel Club focuses on bringing world class barrel picks to its members. By partnering with online retailers, Single Barrel Club members get exclusive access to Breaking Bourbon barrel picks and can purchase bottles that they may not otherwise be able to access in their region. “This honor is a true testament of the high level of quality picks that we are able to deliver to our members,” said Nick Beiter, co-founder of Breaking Bourbon.  

Each Breaking Bourbon single barrel pick is given a name that represents the backstory of the particular barrel selected. “For Hudson Confidential, we wanted the name to focus on what we set out to do: Shine light on a great, but often lesser known distillery. We understand those who know about Hillrock Estate Distillery may want to keep this hidden gem a secret. But, we felt that we’d be remiss to not share our experience with this remarkable craft distillery with our club members,” said Eric Hasman, co-founder of Breaking Bourbon. Co-owner of Hillrock Estate Distillery, Cathy Franklin says, “Hillrock was thrilled to work with the three founders of Breaking Bourbon in choosing this special single cask because they are true whiskey connoisseurs and have such developed palates. They share our passion for creating great whiskey.”  

Hudson Confidential Tasting Notes:

‍The nose is nicely expressive with bursts of floral aromas, dark fruit, and candied cherries notes that’s punctuated with seasoned oak. The palate is sweet to the tongue, with raspberries, apricots, and raisins. It finishes with a bump of rye spice, followed by oak and plum. Overall an excellent sipper that features a ton of flavor delivered with elegant complexity.  

About Breaking Bourbon

Breaking Bourbon is the leading online bourbon review and news destination. Started in 2014, Breaking Bourbon reaches over 2 million unique visitors a year, with the mission to empower consumers to be more knowledgeable in the dynamic world of American whiskey. In 2018, Breaking Bourbon started their Single Barrel Club, which was among the first in the industry pairing world class single barrel picks with retailers across the nation. To learn more about Breaking Bourbon’s Single Barrel Club visit: To learn more about Breaking Bourbon visit or or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @breakingbourbon. For more information, please contact:  

About Hillrock Estate Distillery

Hillrock Estate Distillery is located in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, two hours north of New York City, overlooking the distant Berkshire Mountains. Prime farmland, crystal clear water, and a favorable climate create a unique terroir which is profoundly expressed in Hillrock’s artisanal whiskeys. Proud to be one of the few “Field-to-Glass”® whiskey producers in the world, Hillrock is also the first U.S. distillery since before Prohibition to floor malt and hand craft whiskey on site from estate-grown grain. Founded by Owners Jeffrey Baker and Cathy Franklin and legendary Master Distiller David Pickerell, Hillrock’s commitment to quality embodies the rich history of craft distilling in the Hudson Valley.

published by: BBTEAM

March 30, 2020
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