Hirsch Horizon Straight Bourbon Whisky
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American Whiskey Varieties
American whiskey is whiskey (a distilled beverage made from fermented grain puree) produced in the United States. The main types of American whiskey are bourbon whiskey, rye whiskey, rye malt whiskey, malt whiskey, wheat whiskey, Tennessee whiskey and corn whiskey. All of them are made from mashed potatoes containing at least 51% of the aforementioned grains.
Mixed whiskeys, whiskey blends, grain whiskeys and distilled whiskeys that do not indicate a dominant grain are also included. ... In the case of blends, American whiskey can include artificial colors and flavors. The laws governing the above products differ between products made for consumption in the United States and those exported abroad.
With a wide variety in one category, American whiskey refers to any spirit drink made in America distilling fermented grain must - usually corn, wheat, rye or barley. American whiskey must be distilled to a maximum alcoholic strength of 95% and bottled with an alcoholic strength of 40% or higher. To be called pure whiskey, it must also be aged in white oak barrels for at least two years and must not contain any added color or flavor.
Bourbon is most often associated with Bourbon County, Kentucky, although technically it can be produced anywhere in the United States. Kentucky is traditionally where American bourbon has been produced since the late 18th century. To be considered a bourbon whiskey, the drink must contain at least 51% corn and must be aged in new carbonized white oak barrels. Bourbon whiskey is available in bottles of eighty ABV (40% ABV) or more and cannot contain any color or aroma additives. A versatile alcohol that can be drunk pure, with water or ice, also goes well with cocktails like an Old Fashioned.
About the Producer: A.H. Hirsch
AH Hirsch is a bourbon brand known for its exclusive Reserve Straight Bourbon label, made with distilled bourbon in the 1970s. Since then, it has become a rare collectible item and can manage thousands of prices on the secondary market. It was launched at 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20 years, although the Reserva 16 Anos was the largest and best known bottle. In January 2015, it became known that the owner of the Preiss Imports brand had sold its last bottles. Bourbon was commissioned and named after the former head of the distillery, Adolf Hirsch. It was distilled in 1974 near Shefferstown, Pennsylvania, at the former Michter Distillery factory. The bourbon puree had 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% barley malt. It was made by master distiller Dick Stoll, an Everett Beam student of the Jim Beam family. The distillery went out of business before the whiskey was launched, and in 1989 it was bought by Gordon Hugh, who owned a specialty liquor store and also selected and bottled bourbon from his own small-scale production. He bottled it with the help of Julian Van Winkle III, from the renowned Old Rip Van Winkle family brand. Although the bottles were made in Pennsylvania, the labels indicated the Kentucky counties in which they were bottled. Eventually, the brand was sold to Preiss Imports, which launched the second edition of the 16-year-old wine in 2003. In 2009, Preiss transferred the remaining stocks to new crystal bottles. The 1991 release is commonly referred to as "blue wax", while the 2003 Preiss release is known as "gold leaf".
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