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    I'm interested in buying a bottle of A.H. Hirsch

    This famed Bourbon, and I'm yet to try it. Does it live up to the hype, or is it more so the bragging rights of owning a rarity? Also, what is a fair price to pay for it and from what source? I've not seen it in Ohio.

    One online retailer I found has the 16 year old, bottled in 1974, listed at $300!
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    Re: I'm interested in buying a bottle of A.H. Hirsch

    It's good whiskey but not $300 good but it won't be getting any cheaper.
    If you want it, get it now but I'd guess you could probably find it for less than $300 if you looked hard enough.
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    Re: I'm interested in buying a bottle of A.H. Hirsch

    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Oswald View Post
    This famed Bourbon, and I'm yet to try it. Does it live up to the hype, or is it more so the bragging rights of owning a rarity?
    I've never tasted it but trusted palates tell me it's not particularly tasty, so I would say the latter is closest to the truth. I do really like the bottle and label themselves, though. Purdy.
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    Re: I'm interested in buying a bottle of A.H. Hirsch

    I certainly wouldn't pay that much for it. It's a controversial bottling with what seems to be a lot of bottle variation. (Lots of speculation that the bottle variation is because later batches may have sat in a steel tank much longer than the early batches and leached out some metallic notes.)

    I've tasted both good and bad bottles. Unfortunately, my bottle was a bad bottle. Fortunately, I paid 'only' $40-50 for it several years ago when it wasn't quite so rare. I would rather have spent my $40-50 on something else back then, like ORVW15 when it was still on store shelves, but live and learn.
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    Re: I'm interested in buying a bottle of A.H. Hirsch

    When I was looking into the Hirsch, I checked
    the web for on-line sellers. I had a list of 23
    sellers with price range from $210. to $330.

    The cheapest I found was $130. but the seller no
    longer lists it on their site. The final batch, to be
    released this fall with a $1000. price tag can be
    seen here:

    preissimports.com/AH-Hirsch-Last-Batch.html

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    Re: I'm interested in buying a bottle of A.H. Hirsch

    These are the lowest prices I'm seeing online for Hirsch 16 year old in an admittedly crude search on WineSearcher:

    Heritage Wines & Liquors CO: Littleton. No minimum order. Delivery charges apply. Hirsh Reserve 16yr 750ml$76.99
    Bottle
    09-Aug-2009

    Daveco liquors CO: No minimum order. Delivery charges apply. AH HIRSCH BOURBON 16YR .750L$80.99
    Bottle
    10-Aug-2009



    Cranberry Liquors MD: Westminster. No minimum order. Discounts available. Delivery within Carroll County, Maryland only. A. H. Hirsch, 16 years old$89.99
    Bottle
    09-Aug-2009


    Colonial Wine and Spirits AR: Little Rock. No minimum order. No deliveries allowed. A H HIRSCH 16yo RESERVE 750 ML$99.99
    Bottle
    08-Aug-2009


    These prices may be outdated. Next cheapest was Utah ABC at $186.37.

    Again, I would not personally recommend paying these prices.
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    Re: I'm interested in buying a bottle of A.H. Hirsch

    Quote Originally Posted by Sijan View Post
    These are the lowest prices I'm seeing online for Hirsch 16 year old in an admittedly crude search on WineSearcher:
    I'm curious - was your search using the Pro
    Version of WS? I did a Hirsch search and the
    lowest price was $85. at Vendome. Next
    result was $216. at Gordons.

    I know the free version only includes sponsored
    results and wondered if the Pro Version was worth
    it.

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    Re: I'm interested in buying a bottle of A.H. Hirsch

    Oswald - Dan (Sijan) hit the nail on the head. Investing in the Hirsh at its present availability is risky. I bought a bottle of the gold foil, which is the one that is questionable, and it was a bad bottle. So bad in fact that it ruined Diet Coke. My bottle had a very bad metallic aftertaste that I believe was a byproduct of being tanked too long (as Dan alluded to). I paid $60 for it so chalk it up to a mild loss. If you invest north of $200 for a bottle, that's a hard loss to take. I have a bottle of Blue Wax and it's a superb bourbon but even that bottle I wouldn't pay $300 for. At that point, you're just paying for the novelty, rarity and bragging rights of the bottle. I can't believe that Priess doesn't know of this problem yet still pushes this bourbon with it's 5 star rating when it's no longer the same bourbon as found in the first bottlings. My advise, don't waste your money. If you're going to spend that much money on bourbon and want something high end, go for Pappy 20, Parkers Heritage or if you can find it, WT Tribute.
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    Re: I'm interested in buying a bottle of A.H. Hirsch

    Yes, I pay for the Pro version of WineSearcher and think it is well worth it.

    The bottling at the Vendome is NOT the A.H. Hirsch 16 year old. It is the
    Hirsch Selection Special American Reserve 20 Years

    See thread here:
    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...ad.php?t=11413
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    Re: I'm interested in buying a bottle of A.H. Hirsch

    As a word of warning, Daveco's site varies drastically from what they actually have in stock. I know they had Weller Centennial on the website up to a month ago and I've never seen it there.

 

 

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