My name is Paul Hirsch, and I established Barrel Strength Consulting while earning my doctorate in History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Barrel Strength Consulting aims to fill a significant gap in the world of whiskey – the need for a reputable and enthusiastic researcher able to provide reliable information and resources to the rapidly growing community of whiskey collectors, and to businesses engaged in selling whiskey to an increasingly informed public. I’ve spent years as university-level educator, researcher, and writer, and 15 years as a whiskey collector. Barrel Strength Consulting represents the culmination of my professional and personal passions, as well as an outlet for my writing on whiskey. I look forward to assisting you in your travels through the fascinating world of whiskey, and encourage you to reach out to me with questions, comments, or suggestions. Drink in good health.