Hirsch Small Batch Reserve, 28 year old, 43.4%

Price: $447.00 Issue: Summer 2009 Reviewer: John Hansell

Deep on the nose and heavy on the palate. Enjoyably perfumed aromas and an entertaining palate, with both showing a complex array of chewy toffee, cinnamon, candied fruit, roasted nuts, dusty cocoa, and tobacco. But a very tactile leather and oak resin component dominates mid-palate through to the finish, spoiling the party. It’s past its prime.