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Hirsch Bourbon

August 7, 2013

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In the world of distilled spirits, there are many products and people that are difficult to pin down, but few are as elusive as Adolph H. Hirsch and his legendary Bourbon. Hereís what we know: Hirsch was born in Mannheim, Germany, in 1908, and came to the U.S. in 1926. On and off, he was a Schenley executive for most of his life. In 1942, Hirsch and three partners bought the Pennsylvania Distilling company (Pennco), which eventually became the Schaefferstown distillery. Pennco was a contract distiller with a spotty history that primarily produced Bourbon.

In 1974, Hirsch commissioned a run of 400 barrels of Bourbon at Pennco. The distillery went out of business shortly afterward, and was purchased and renamed Michterís. It stayed in business until 1989, when it closed for good; thereís no connection between that operation and another modern brand of whiskey also called Michterís (confused yet?). When Michterís folded, Hirschís 400 barrels of Bourbon---which he had forgotten about---were sold to Gordon Hue. Hue moved them to a distillery in Cincinnati, where he began bottling the contents and selling it as A. H. Hirsch Bourbon. Those remaining bottles of the 16 Year-Old are extremely rare; one is likely to set you back $1400, if you can find it. (more…)