Hirsch The Bivouac Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
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Hirsch The Bivouac Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)

Reduced from $134.99
$99. 99
$1199.88 Dozen
ABV: 50%

Solidly built and well-integrated; a very nice sipper. Editor's Choice. - whiskyadvocate.com

This ongoing release debuted in late 2022 in the US. Distilled in Bardstown and composed of approximately 160 barrels per batch, it's a blend of two Kentucky Bourbons: One aged three years, two Months and another aged eight years. The respective mash bills are 74% corn, 18% rye and 8% malted barley versus 72% corn, 13% rye and 15% malted barley. Elaborating on the name, the producers state, "The Bivouac, pronounced ‘be∙voo∙ak,’ refers to a temporary camp without a tent or cover. It alludes to a way of travel only meant for those who want to truly immerse themselves in nature. HIRSCH The Bivouac honors those adventurous spirits who are brave enough to take the road less traveled.” Tasted from a 20ml sample, the whiskey lives up to its title. This is a 'contemporary' Bourbon in the sense that it leans towards middle-weight single malt; the traditional Bourbon sweetness is tempered by hints of semi-ripe peach and apple with a roundness and mouthfeel that's not unlike some Speysiders. Cocoa, light vanilla, cinnamon and hints of rye at the finish drive home its origins and despite the high proof, no dilution is required. Tasted against Hirsch Horizon, this relaxed yet tasty Bourbon is a welcome addition to the category. 50% Alc./Vol.

Other reviews... The nose is somewhat tight at first but opens to aromas of coffee cake, fruit cup, and faint notes of cherry, citrus, and dried herbs. The palate is smooth and silky, with light spice, cooked plums, dark chocolate, and cinnamon. Earthier notes of mature oak and dunnage floor keep the sweetness in check nicely. On the finish, pleasant oak, honey, and chocolate. Solidly built and well-integrated; a very nice sipper. Editor's Choice. 93 points - whiskyadvocate.com