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  1. #51
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    Tim,

    I'll guaran-damn-tee you that the gold wax version, at least the single bottle I have tasted, has absolutely no metallic taste.

    The folks who don't detect that flavor in the gold foil are to be envied.

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield
    Yours truly,
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    Dave -

    I have just sampled some of my first Hirsch gold foil (didn't take long, huh?), and I must say, quite tasty. I can't pick up any metallic taste, but this is my first tasting. I am really hankering a gold wax bottle just for comparisons now though...

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    I picked a bottle of the 16yr up today (3rd gen., gold foil) and, despite the high price, Iím really glad that I did. One thing that Iím really surprised by is the fact that I am tasting 2 distinct flavors in this, orange and vanilla. I 'm seldom able to distinguish anything in what I am drinking. Who knows if itís the bourbon or me though, I guess Iíll find out after I finish this. I know the flavors are mentioned on the tag but Iíve read plenty of notes about plenty of other bourbons and not tasted anything they mention. Itís definitely above average but definitely not my favorite. Glad to have it in my collection, Iíll try to make this one last just like I do with all my favorite and above average bottles. Thanks for making in BOTM, I probably wouldn't have been motivated to spend the $ if it wasn't and surely would have missed out on this delicious and ever rarifying pour!
    /\../\

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    I'm still on my first bottle of Hirsch gold foil, don't taste anything that could be construed as metallic. Just a great mix of wood and vanilla. Would love to try a gold wax version for comparison.

    Kevin

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    Jeremy,

    The following is a variation on what has become an almost tired theme here at SB.com.

    Do not under any circumstances sip from or even open a bottle of the gold wax version, should it fall into your possession. It will ruin your appreciation for the gold foil version forever.

    Since I am already ruined, you might just as well send it to me for safe disposal.

    Yours truly,
    Dave Morefield
    Yours truly,
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    I was expecting a different warning, something more along the lines of: Do not under any circumstances sip from a bottle of the gold foil version without first breaking the foil seal and removing the cork, as sucking it through the cork and gold foil will tend to result in a metallic (and corky) taste, and very likely a rupture of some sort.

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    Tonight I opened a Gold Wax Hirsch 16yo ......... after reading Chuck's latest on the "Michter" distillery and to compare to my relatively fresh memory of tasting the Blue Wax in Vegas. I get the maple, slight mint and flint I expect.....but a little more richness than I recall from the Blue Wax.

    I have to ask the same Q Chuck asked....Why was this whiskey selected to be bottled as a premium bourbon when Michter's had a hard time selling anything it made?

    Randy

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    Age (especially) and rarity.

    I think it was partly good fortune. I surmise the whiskey, 1974 production, was bought as bulk whiskey to be a private brand.

    Either intentionally or otherwise, it was well-aged when ready for sale by the original owner or an assignee or successor.

    By then, the distillery was no longer producing. Due in part to Michael Jackson's laudatory chapter on Michter's in his 1987 World Guide To Whisky (not long before the blue wax was bottled), the whiskey acquired an additional cachet.

    This is what I think happened, or something close to it.

    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by doubleblank
    I have to ask the same Q Chuck asked....Why was this whiskey selected to be bottled as a premium bourbon when Michter's had a hard time selling anything it made?

    Randy
    Michters only made premium whiskey but you almost had to visit the distillery to get any. It was not widely marketed. Michters did not have a hard time at all selling it's product to the people who visited. If they would have done a better job in marketing, I think they would still be distilling.
    Joe
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    Hirsch 16 GF

    Enjoying a pour of Hirsch 16 (gold foil) right now. This is my second bottle of it and it will be sad to see the last couple of fingers of it go, but I have more in the bunker. Most recent purchase was for $67 and there is plenty around at $80, which I will probably balk at, given what else is available for that price or a little higher (like Pappy 20 at $90). I really like this bourbon, but it is definitely not typical: seems uncommonly dry and elegant, even refined (in a good sense). Not at all like earthy Buffalo Trace, or palate-smacking Stagg, etc. Thankfully, I don't get any metallic taste, and didn't with the first bottle, so I hoping my luck holds for the others in the bunker and the gold wax ones will be held for last, because I don't discount what Dave says and I'm not going to experiment on myself.
    Wish I could do tasting notes, but, despite that, this is one of my top 5 all time favorites and I could easily live with this as my sole desert island bourbon. Everyone should try this at least once. Too bad it can't be re-packaged into 50 mL minis and sold for $5 so anyone with a five spot could try it.

 

 

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