Hirsch Small Batch Reserve, 25 year old, 43.4%

Price: $270.00 Issue: Summer 2009 Reviewer: John Hansell

Wonderfully complex on the nose and palate with great depth; plus, the oak is kept in check. Notes of molasses, graham cracker, Earl Grey tea, spring flowers, nougat, evergreen, warming cinnamon, and subtle tropical fruit, leading to a polished oak, charcoal-tinged finish. Very well done! The clear winner in this trio.