Hirsch The Horizon Straight Bourbon Whiskey
In 1974, when A.H. HIRSCH first imagined his now legendary bourbon, he set the gold standard for thoughtful American whiskey. Today, Hirsch The Horizon Straight Bourbon Whiskey continues to pursue whiskey as an explorer might consider uncharted territory. We believe the world is full of possibility, there’s always room for discovery, and craft is best balanced with experimentation. With obsessively discerning selections, HIRSCH continues to blaze trails for the adventurous.
Hirsch The Horizon Straight Bourbon Whiskey combines two straight bourbons distilled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Each bottle features a grid on the back label with exact batch specifications. 94% of the blend is distilled from a traditional mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% malted barley aged a minimum of 4 years. The remaining 6% is distilled from a “high rye” mash aged 6 years for added complexity.
Hotaling & Co. is named after a San Francisco Spirits pioneer from the 1800s. But the company that bears his name started as the distilling arm of Anchor Steam Brewery. As is the way with such things, there has been a series of acquisitions, mergers, and rebranding to assemble the company it is today — a distiller and importer of more than three dozen fine adult beverages from their headquarters in the City by the Bay.
The brand and formulations have been reintroduced and revitalized to create Hirsch “The Horizon.” It’s comprised of two MGP Spirits. 94% of the Spirit is made from a high-corn Spirit — 75% corn, 21% Rye, and 4% malted barley aged for over five years. The remaining 6% is a high-rye mash — 60% corn, 38% rye, and 4% malted barley aged more than six years. The resulting dram is bottled at a perfect 46% ABV in a flask-shaped bottle with a nice wood stopper.
Appearance / Color:
Nose / Aroma / Smell:
The Spirit smells like a Southern picnic — there are notes of sweet cornbread, honied biscuits, spice cake, and vanilla.
Flavor / Taste / Palate:
The flavor profile is well balanced with just enough Rye spice with caramel, cinnamon, and toasted oak.
The finish is nice and long with a lingering warmth.