New Hirsch Cask Strength Whiskey Gets Cognac Barrel Finish

| November 15, 2022

The Hirsch whiskey label, managed by Hotaling & Co., recently debuted a new cask strength bourbon variant that’s been finished in 30 year old cognac barrels.

The new Hirsch Whiskey The Cask Finish, according to those behind it, is a Kentucky bourbon initially aged for 6 years in new oak before being finished in 30 year old Hine cognac XO barrels for 18 months. The resulting product is then bottled at a cask strength of 62.5% ABV.

“We selected 54 barrels of our oldest bourbon to rest in these used Hine Cognac casks which adds the subtle, yet noticeable character of Cognac to our bourbon, resulting in an astonishing liquid,” said Kevin Aslan, Innovations Distiller at Hotaling & Co., in a prepared statement. “This whiskey is worth the wait because when it comes to cognac, it’s a case of the older – the barrels – the better.”

Hirsch Whiskey The Cask Finish

The Hirsch whiskey label, managed by Hotaling & Co., recently debuted a new cask strength bourbon variant that’s been finished in 30 year old cognac barrels. (image via Hotaling)

“We are very excited to be a part of The Cask Strength Finished in Cognac Barrels release,” added Eric Forget, The Hine Cognac Master Blender and Cellar Master. “The name Hirsch means stag in German, and the stag is the emblem of our Cognac House founded in 1763, a perfect example of how this this collaboration was truly meant to be.

“The casks we provided, previously containing Hine Antique XO cognac, contribute to the rich flavor profile, bringing aromas of spices, leather, and licorice to create a full roundness to this exceptional whiskey.”

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The Hirsch Whiskey The Cask Finish, sporting a mash bill of 72% corn, 13% rye, 15% malted barley, is priced around $200 per 750 ml bottle. Official tasting notes for it are below.

  • Nose: Dark plums, rich baking spices
  • Palate: Mild cinnamon heat and black cherry
  • Finish: Rich, complex, and well-rounded

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