Week 1 of National Bourbon Heritage Month is in the books. If you haven’t heard yet, Monarch is celebrating all month long with a special punch card featuring a variety of bourbons and a bourbon cocktail. Those who complete the card get a t-shirt and engraved high ball glass.
We’ll be chronicling our celebration as we move through the punch card. First up, the bourbon cocktail.
Any of The Monarch’s bourbon cocktails will satisfy this part of the punch card. We decided to go with the Smoked Bourbon.
The Smoked Bourbon cocktail actually uses Bulleit Rye as a base. The whiskey is served on a smoked ice sphere in a low ball glass, which is rimmed with the Original Whiskey Rimmer and garnished with a lemon twist.
The whiskey rimmer compliments the smoky ice ball with a sweet and salty mixture. The cool smoke enhances the rye and makes for a very pleasant drink.
Hole 1: punched!
Next on the punch card is the Hirsch 8-year High Rye Straight Bourbon Small Batch.
This bourbon is bottled by Hirsch exclusively for Anchor Distilling, in San Francisco (owners of several brands of spirits, including Kavalan, Nikka, and Old Potrero). The bourbon itself is distilled by MGP of Indiana. It clocks in at 92-proof and its mash bill is 60% corn, 36% rye, and 4% malted barley.
Nose: the familiar herbal and dill profile from MGP is present, along with rich salted caramel and vanilla.
Palate: a rye forward profile, with peppery herbs and some floral notes, all wrapped in oak/caramel/vanilla. This has a good mouthfeel and actually drinks over its 92 proof by delivering a strong flavor profile.
Finish: medium-long, with the rye spice lingering the longest mixed with warm vanilla and oak.
This is a fantastic pour and a fairly new bourbon to the market. It is starting to pop up at local liquor stores for about $46 per bottle.
Thanks, as always, to The Monarch for helping us celebrate this month. We’re looking forward to our next visit!