Hirsch The Bivouac (Batch AHH0822)


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Hotaling & Co.

Distillery: Distilled by Hirsch Distillers at an undisclosed distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky

Release Date: October 2022 (Ongoing)

Proof: 100

Age: Blend of bourbons aged 3 Years, 2 Months and 8 Years

Mashbill: Blend of two mashbills:

95% 3 Years, 2 Months: 74% Corn, 18% Rye, 8% Malted Barley

5% 8 Years: 72% Corn, 13% Rye, 15% Malted Barley

Color: Yellow Gold

MSRP: $55 (2023)

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Hay | Oak | Light vanilla | Grain | Hint of fresh peach | Faint baking chocolate | Bright


Summer fruits | Muted vanilla | Light fresh oak | White peppercorn spice | Straightforward


Oak | Light rye spice | Whiffs of cinnamon spice | Faint vanilla | Dab of peach |  Lingering light heat


Straightforward and to the point, Hirsch the Bivouac delivers an easy drinking sip at the expense of providing any real depth.

Hirsch The Bivouac is a batched product that the brand says will be composed of approximately 160 barrels per batch. Unlike Hirsch The Horizon, which is the company’s other batched bourbon and is a blend of bourbons distilled in Indiana, Hirsch The Bivouac combines two Kentucky bourbons. The company states that “The Bivouac, pronounced ‘be∙voo∙ak,’ refers to a temporary camp without a tent or cover. It alludes to a way of travel only meant for those who want to truly immerse themselves in nature. HIRSCH The Bivouac honors those adventurous spirits who are brave enough to take the road less traveled.”

While Hirsch the Bivouac and Hirsch The Horizon don’t share the same mashbill makeup, they do share one thing in common. Both deliver a straightforward sip. Even with its 100 proof makeup, Hirsch the Bivouac plays it on the safer side, focusing on a common thread of light vanilla, oak, and spice with interwoven notes of summer fruits and peaches. It’s lighter in nature, never diving too deep into any one tasting note, which can most likely be attributed to the large percentage of 3 year old bourbon in its makeup. While incredibly easy to drink, I would like to see future batches of Hirsh the Bivouac add more depth to its sip.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Jordan Moskal

March 17, 2023
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