The makers of Hirsch Selected Whiskeys recently announced their latest expression, the Single Barrel Double Oak.
A statement from Hirsch noted that this single barrel, Kentucky straight bourbon was made in Bardstown, Kentucky, and it’s been double barreled in new American oak and finished in used American oak barrels.
The new release is a limited expression, with only 30 barrels bottled.
The statement from the whiskey maker explained that Single Barrel Double Oak starts its journey as an eight-year Kentucky bourbon, which the distiller notes brings forward softer notes from the wood.
The second barrel was designed to add a light, caramelized layer to the finished bourbon without too much intensity, the distiller noted, with the result being a maple-vanilla sweetness, with layers of caramel, fig, tobacco, all held together by a soft oak presence.
“We saw a lot of success when we released the first Hirsch Single Barrel whiskey in 2021 in honor of Bourbon Heritage Month, so we knew this release had to be just as special,” said Kevin Aslan, Hirsch’s head distiller.
The Single Barrel Double Oak offers three styles of single barrels, each made up of two mash bills blended at different ratios:
- 72% corn, 13% rye, 15% malted barley aged for eight years and seven months.
- 74% corn, 18% rye, 8% malted barley aged for three years and seven months.
Aslan offered his tasting notes for the new expression, saying that on the nose are aromas of charred vanilla, oak, hint of leather, and allspice. On the palate, there are tastes of honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and a lingering, crisp heat.
The Single Barrel Double Oak clocks in at 63.9% ABV and has a suggested retail price of $99. It’s currently available at ReserveBar.com and at retailers in CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, NJ, NY, TN, and TX.
For more information, check out www.hirschwhiskey.com.
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