The story of American whiskey is not complete without mention of A.H. Hirsch and A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year Old, widely considered the best American bourbon ever produced. Today, Anchor Distilling Company seeks to keep the legend alive through a range of sourced whiskies inspired by the Hirsch heritage. Following the sold-out introduction in 2016 of the Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Straight Bourbon, Anchor has now introduced Hirsch Small Batch 8 Year Old High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey (46% ABV; $52 SRP).
A.H. Hirsch was an investment banker that invested in the Schaefferstown Distillery, best known as the original home of Michter’s, in the decades leading up to its shutdown in 1989 in an effort to keep it operational. The distillery was a historic landmark for American whiskey in operation for more than two centuries, and while it would eventually close, his contribution would ultimately result in the legendary A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year Old.
The newly released Hirsch Small Batch 8 Year Old High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey marries together two mash bills – one with 21% rye and another with 36% rye, resulting in a high rye content that adds spiced character while balancing the sweet notes of corn sourced from Indiana and Ohio. The oak barrels are a #4 char around the base and a #2 char at the head; the whiskey is barreled at 60% ABV.
“This is a whiskey that is punching far above its weight,” says Morgan Robbat, Vice President of Marketing at Anchor Distilling. “With a high rye content that makes it ideal for American whiskey fans as well as craft cocktail enthusiasts, this 8 Year Old expression over delivers on quality – as you’d expect given the Hirsch heritage.”
Hirsch Small Batch 8 Year Old High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey is distilled in Lawrenceburg, IN.