GSN Presents: The 2017 Advent Gift Guide – Day 23

With only two days to go until Christmas Eve, there’s not enough time to order gifts.  So, until then, we’re going to suggest some items that we’ve rated highly this year that you can find in your local liquor store (hopefully).  For Day 23, we’re focusing on the 30 spirited products that received a GSN Rating of A (93) during 2017.

  1. Amarula Cream Liqueur
  2. Corbin Cash Sweet Potato Liqueur
  3. Deadhead Dark Chocolate Rum
  4. Don Ciccio & Figli Nocino Walnut Liqueur
  5. Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro delle Sirene
  6. Dunedin DoubleCask 16 Year Old
  7. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. A117
  8. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. B517
  9. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. C917
  10. El Tesoro 80th Anniversary Limited Edition
  11. Frisco Brandy
  12. Galliano L’Aperitivo
  13. Haikara Yuzu Sake
  14. Highland Park Valkyrie
  15. Hirsch Small Batch 8 Year Old High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  16. Jura 10-Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  17. Kavalan Pedro Ximénez Single Cask Whisky
  18. Laphroaig Cairdeas Quarter Cask 2017 Edition
  19. Lucid Absinthe
  20. The Macallan Edition No. 1
  21. The Macallan Edition No. 2
  22. Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky
  23. Marble Distilling Co. Vodka
  24. Marble Distilling Co. Gingercello
  25. McKenzie Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
  26. Montanya Exclusiva Rum
  27. Redemption Wheated Bourbon
  28. South Island 25 Year Old Single Malt
  29. Union Horse Rolling Standard Four Grain Whiskey
  30. Westland Distillery’s 2017 Peat Week Commemorative Bottling

GSN Review: Hirsch Small Batch 8 Year Old High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey

A.H. Hirsch was an investment banker who invested in the “Schaefferstown Distillery” in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania in an effort to keep it operational, though it would ultimately shut down several decades later in 1989. The distillery is a historic landmark for American whiskey that was in operation for more than two centuries, and Hirsch’s contribution would ultimately result in what many consider to be the finest expression of bourbon ever made, the legendary A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16 Year Old.

Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey is distilled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. This release consists of a blend of bourbons ranging from seven to nine years old. Two mash bills are married together, one with 21% Northern Europe rye and the other with 35% Northern Europe rye, resulting in a relatively high rye content of approximately 26%. The corn is sourced from Indiana and Ohio.

The spirit is barreled at 120 proof, which is amongst the lowest in the industry. The oak is a #4 char around the base and a #2 char at the head of the barrel.

Hirsch Small Batch 8 Year Old High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey (92 proof)
Visual: Dark orange-gold.
Nose: Heavy rye nose with a knockout wallop of oak char. Incredibly evocative and powerful in olfactory presentation.
Taste: Lovely rye spice prickles the tongue whilst a soft orange fruit glaze tempers things down to a slow rumble. From first sip this seems all about the grain bill, yet the oak char adds a deeper level to the affair by encasing it all in a smokey envelope.
Finish: Long and smooth with the rye never quite letting go of its hold on the palate. A whiskey that has a siren call on your taste buds.
Overall: This is a great high rye whiskey that should be on your backbar. Stellar as a sipper, it also will make a knockout bourbon cocktail.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Anchor Distilling