80

Score

Hirsch Small Batch Reserve, 46%

Price: $36.00 Issue: Summer 2009 Reviewer: John Hansell

A balanced and well-rounded whiskey, but it tastes a little youthful and spirity on the finish, and lacks the depth I’m looking for to score it higher in the 80s. Notes of maple syrup, crème caramel, and raspberry tart, with cinnamon, vanilla, mint, and dried citrus peppered throughout. I like it, but there are better bourbons at this price.