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Hirsch The Horizon Straight Bourbon (Batch AHH0320), 46%

Price: $40 Issue: Fall 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

While the nose showcases primarily grain aromas, including cracked corn and peanut shell, it also has notes of white pepper, dark cherries, brown sugar, and Hershey's chocolate syrup—a harbinger of things to come. The palate is a chocolate lover's dream, rich and tantalizing without heaviness. There's also mint, cinnamon, cashew butter, and well-integrated oak; time and water bring out sweet orange. It finishes with milk chocolate, toasted nuts, and lingering cinnamon.