Today, in a 19th century Georgian mansion situated in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Master Distiller Dave Pickerell pays homage to the New York farmers who produced their whiskey from grains to glass. Pickerell, who graduated from West Point with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, served in the military for 11 years as a cavalry officer before receiving his Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville. Pickerell then served as Master Distiller as Maker’s Mark in Loretto, Kentucky for 13 years. There, he was responsible for ensuring the quality and consistency of Maker’s Mark Bourbon. A former chairman of the Kentucky Distillers Association and a member of the Distilled Spirits Council, Pickerell is an expert nonpareil in the production of whiskey.
Hillrock Bourbon was named one of the Top 50 Spirits of 2013 by Wine Enthusiast (it was ranked the #2 bourbon), which gave it a score of 96 points. It also earned the SIlver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2013.