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    hirsch selection special reserve american whiskey

    the neck label states "limited edition kentucky corn whiskey", and the main label posts "kentucky straight corn whiskey".

    90 proof, no age statement. priced $24.99 at binny's in algonquin, IL.

    other interesting label stuff: "bottled by hirsch distillers- weston, missouri". that makes it bottled at the old mccormick plant. platte valley corn whisky, anybody?

    back label is quite rambling, way too much to replicate here.

    what's it taste like?

    it's corn whiskey. straw yellow, so i'll assume a little time in reused cooperage. after about ten minutes breathing time in a scotch thistle tasting glass, let's see.....

    smells like a lighter version of mellow corn. could this have been distilled at HH?

    tastes "corny"; a lot like present-day mellow corn. maybe not as oily in mouthfeel, though.

    goes down smoothly enough. though i prefer the virginia lightning i bought along with it. but that's just me.

    anybody else had this stuff yet? no... it's not the 20 year old version.

    jim kube

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    Re: hirsch selection special reserve american whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by beergurujr View Post
    the neck label states "limited edition kentucky corn whiskey", and the main label posts "kentucky straight corn whiskey".

    90 proof, no age statement. priced $24.99 at binny's in algonquin, IL.

    other interesting label stuff: "bottled by hirsch distillers- weston, missouri". that makes it bottled at the old mccormick plant. platte valley corn whisky, anybody?

    back label is quite rambling, way too much to replicate here.

    what's it taste like?

    it's corn whiskey. straw yellow, so i'll assume a little time in reused cooperage. after about ten minutes breathing time in a scotch thistle tasting glass, let's see.....

    smells like a lighter version of mellow corn. could this have been distilled at HH?

    tastes "corny"; a lot like present-day mellow corn. maybe not as oily in mouthfeel, though.

    goes down smoothly enough. though i prefer the virginia lightning i bought along with it. but that's just me.

    anybody else had this stuff yet? no... it's not the 20 year old version.

    jim kube
    Sounds interesting! How old is it? As in, how long ago was it bottled. I didn't think bottling was done at McCormick anymore.
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    Re: hirsch selection special reserve american whiskey

    Is this in an old-timey crock, like Platte Valley has traditionally been bottled?

    I saw a bottle like this the other day which seems to have lettering cast in with the crock identifying Weston, but a sticky label identifying distillation in either Kentucky,Bardstown or both (I can't remember exactly). It made me think this was HH corn whiskey (similar to Mellow Corn or JW Corn, I'd think).

    Based only on pure speculation, I think they're still using the moulds and crocks of the old Platte Valley, but it's now HH juice.

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    Re: hirsch selection special reserve american whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Sounds interesting! How old is it? As in, how long ago was it bottled. I didn't think bottling was done at McCormick anymore.
    that should read is.

    Lot of McCormick stuff coming up in the past couple days.
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    Re: hirsch selection special reserve american whiskey

    I think McCormick still bottles. What they no longer do is distill. Except for micro-distilleries, all of the corn whiskey on the market is Heaven Hill's, including Platte Valley.

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    Re: hirsch selection special reserve american whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Sounds interesting! How old is it? As in, how long ago was it bottled. I didn't think bottling was done at McCormick anymore.
    no age statement, sorry.

    jim kube

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    Re: hirsch selection special reserve american whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by Rughi View Post
    Is this in an old-timey crock, like Platte Valley has traditionally been bottled?

    I saw a bottle like this the other day which seems to have lettering cast in with the crock identifying Weston, but a sticky label identifying distillation in either Kentucky,Bardstown or both (I can't remember exactly). It made me think this was HH corn whiskey (similar to Mellow Corn or JW Corn, I'd think).

    Based only on pure speculation, I think they're still using the moulds and crocks of the old Platte Valley, but it's now HH juice.

    Roger
    no, it's a fairly standard 750ml clear glass bottle, with a screw cap.

    jim kube

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    Re: hirsch selection special reserve american whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    I think McCormick still bottles. What they no longer do is distill. Except for micro-distilleries, all of the corn whiskey on the market is Heaven Hill's, including Platte Valley.
    that's what i was thinking, chuck. doubtful this came from say, lawrenceburg, indiana. it's got HH written all over it.

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    Re: hirsch selection special reserve american whiskey

    The people at HH are fond of saying that while some others make corn for blending purposes, all of the corn available to the public (excluding micros) is theirs.

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    Re: hirsch selection special reserve american whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    I think McCormick still bottles. What they no longer do is distill. Except for micro-distilleries, all of the corn whiskey on the market is Heaven Hill's, including Platte Valley.
    The Lawrenceburg website says they make corn whiskey as well. Does anyone know where that goes?

    http://www.lawrenceburgdistillersindiana.com/Distillery_Operations.html

 

 

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