Hirsch The Horizon Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Hirsch The Horizon Straight Bourbon Whiskey

(0.75l, 46%)


7.6/10
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$35.99
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A warm and approachable revitalization of a legendary Straight Bourbon.

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.

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The original A. H. Hirsch Reserve Straight Bourbon is legendary. There was even a book written about it called "The Best Bourbon You’ll Never Taste." The final bottles of A. H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year Old went on sale in 2009 for a retail price of $1500 each — making it one of the most expensive Bourbons in the world. Unopened bottles are still available on the secondary market for upwards of $3000.
  • Category
  • Style
    Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    San Francisco
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
    MGP Indiana

Flavor Spiral™

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caramel
rye
cinnamon
toasted oak
bread
biscuit
honey
cake
vanilla
What does Hirsch The Horizon Straight Bourbon Whiskey taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Hirsch The Horizon Straight Bourbon Whiskey and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Corner
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Deep Amber

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.

Finish
The finish is nice and long with a lingering warmth.
Ratings & Reviews
Josh
Josh,
Good.
 
Capriana
Capriana,
Originally love the flavors and how smooth it was. Had it again a week later and the taste of cinnamon was overwhelming.
 
Robert
Robert,
I really liked the smooth finish. Shared with a group during a team event and overall review was very good.
 
Timothy
Timothy,
Excellent flavors. Not the biggest bourbon fan but this one had caught my eye when I saw the flavor palette. Worth picking up if you’re looking for something new.
 
Louis
Louis,
I like it
 
Joy
Joy,
Saw some bad ratings on this. But I rather enjoy it. Maybe tastes a bit 'thicker' then some.
 
Richard
Richard,
This is a pleasant surprise. I'm nowhere near a bourbon expert but I've had $80 bourbons that were worse than this one. It's smooth with wonderful oak and honey that last a long time. Very nice!
 
David
David,
Not good at all.
 
Jason
Jason,
This was ok. Not as good as I had hoped it would be
 
Michael
Michael,
Love it, smooth for a great price
 
Ben
Ben,
Caramel, spice, tart? Cinnamon at the finish
 
Michael
Michael,
I'm just a guy who knows what he likes. I don't have the lingo down, and I'm certainly not any type of aficionado. But with Hirsch, I definitely know I tasted caramel and oak in this delicious drink. It was heaven in a glass. I highly recommend it, neat or on the rocks. I even used it to make an Old Fashioned, and it was delectable. Best one I've made yet, definitely due to the flavors added from this bourbon. Will be purchasing again.
 
Ralph
Ralph,
I enjoyed my first bottle from Flaviar. The nose creates a solid and impressive opening. The flavor profile is very much like the chart. I enjoyed the overall experience, but I was hoping for a more pronounced flavor a the finish such as with Evan Williams Single Barrel or Makers Mark Cast Strength. The finish was decent, but more like a good Scotch, than a good Bourbon. I expect the Distiller will make some positive changes with future recipes. Looking forward to my next selection.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
This is awesome great bourbon period but for sure great at its price point
 
Peter
Peter,
Not much of a fan. Had a Scotch "bite" at the end to it. However, my whisky and cigar buddies (bunch of old timers) enjoyed it. I left them the bottle.
 
Micah
Micah,
Pleasantly surprised with the full flavor. Didn’t get the warmth until swallowed. Good stuff overall.
 
Casey
Casey,
Sweet, smooth, delicious. Tastes like a Carmel cookie soaked in booze. Will definitely keep in my bar for a sweet treat after dinner.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Smooth rye flavor with a great finish
 
Peter
Peter,
Not a huge fan as it had a bit of a Scotch taste that was not to my liking. On the other hand, my cigar group really enjoyed it.
 
Greg
Greg,
Very enjoyable profile. I’m no expert but to me it hits with a nice rye bite followed by some honey, bread mellowness. A nice sipper on the rocks.
 
Forrest
Forrest,
Reminds me a lot of Buffalo Trace. Slightly better. A little smoother. A little more vanilla. $10 better? Debatable.
 
Mark
Mark,
Pretty good. Tried it neat. Being a blend you get a complex combination of flavors. Initial sour mash + rye spice is short lived, long after tastes of vanilla. Will try it on the rocks, but thinking this may be best suited as a mixer. Worth trying.
 
Phil
Phil,
I was drawn to the design and a bit worry that it would just be a nice bottle. The dram matched to the expectation with a blended 5.4 yr and 6.2 yr on a 94% and 6% perspectively. Younger barrel has a higher corn 75% and older barrel has a bit hight rye 36%. This blend has a pleasant honeyed apple and brown sugar on the nose. On the palate a rich honey and balanced sweetness. Finish with a spice note like winter holiday....... This is a pleasant bottle. It does not break your bank and highly enjoyable.
 
William
William,
Really like this for pennies. Nose was too much alcohol but the taste was carmel with a touch of spice. Highly recommend for the price
 
Matt
Matt,
Good
 
Craig
Craig,
Absolutely top notch and true to the flavors within the chart...
 
Brian
Brian,
This is a new favorite for me.
 
Matt
Matt,
Such a well-rounded pour. My first thought was that it must have been balanced by an algorithm or something! Right down the middle. But not in a boring way.
 
Tyler
Tyler,
Very pleased with this purchase. High corn on the nose from the mash bill(s) but the taste, mouth feel and finish are great.
 
Greg
Greg,
Very smooth
 
STEVE
STEVE,
Love, love, love this new discovery that I found offered on Flaviar. quintessential creamy smooth, flavor-full old-style bourbon, somewhat similar to Wathen's, but more rounded and mellow.
 
KEVIN
KEVIN,
Very intriguing. I will need to drink more than this (dram) for a better impression. Smooth and well blended. Bottle is pretty cool. Glad i got this one. *first review?
 
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