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Newest Bourbon Review: Hirsch Selection Small Batch Reserve

November 2, 2011

Hirsch Selection Small Batch Reserve Bourbon

Preiss Imports is the lucky and proud owners of the few remaining Hirsch Brand Bourbon Barrels. A man named Adolf Hirsch bought the remaining and still coveted Michter’s distillery bourbon barrels from the late 1980’s. This is just after the distillery shut down and closed their doors for good. Since then the bourbon has changed hands twice and is now in the hands of Preiss Imports. The very dwindling supply is hard to come by and is extremely delightful. In the past the Hirsch Brand has come out with other expressions such as the 16 and the 28 year old Straight Bourbon Whiskeys. These bottles now are extremely hard to come by and when you do you will be shilling out top dollar, as well you should. Another large Preiss Brands name in the world of whiskey is that of OLD POTRERO Whiskey and many others.

To the bourbon:

92 Proof Small Batch

No age statement

Bottle Statements:

Small Batch Reserve

First notes:

The bottle is very simple with a nice end grain wooden cork topper.


The color has a very golden amber hue.

First nose:

The first nose right out of the bottle is one of floral blossoms. Corn and vanilla are apparent as well.

Nose in a glass:

This bourbon has a medium to high intensity nose right out of the bottle. It is very interesting; it is like the nose has a very distinctive palate range much like the taste would have. Corn sweetness in front with an abrupt halt of the fragrance and then it comes back with hints of raisins.


Wow! It is completely and perfectly balanced while being so different from the nose. Don’t ever touch this bourbon with water or ice; store it in the freezer if you would like it cold. Notes of light oat and char are on the finish. Corn, oak and very light rye on the front burner. The palate intensity is extremely minimal. Slight mint and very slight pepper, orange and ripe pear hints in the middle of the flavor range.


Very, Very smooth from front to back. All of the flavor is absorbed into your tongue and cheeks before your throat gets a chance for a taste. This Small Batch is very delightful and is one of the mildest 90 proof bourbons that you will ever encounter. Yet, there is just enough velvety flavor to keep you coming back to the glass. It is not very complex but, has just enough complexity, piquancy and sweetness to round things out. If you are looking for a rare, smooth bourbon with a slight touch of sweetness, then this bourbon is for you! There are other bourbons out there that have a similar palate presence and intensity (for example: Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon) but, does not have as many esters as this Hirsch does. I would say that this Small Batch Hirsch could even be enjoyed for breakfast (I don’t recommend it; unless you are on vacations or something) or for brunch if you would ever be so inclined. Share this rare find with your friends and family! Well may be just a taste or so. Or, better yet, let’s just keep this bourbon to ourselves!

Outsider review:

Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Bourbon is a flat-out delicious, complex dram with oaky, resinous, sweet-and-savory aromas. The palate is concentrated and layered, evoking dried fruit, cedar, baking spice, pepper, vanilla, caramel, and maple

The Quintessential American Spirit — Preiss Imports is honored to unveil the Hirsch Selection™ Small Batch Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Given an unprecedented demand from home and abroad, high quality bourbon is in very short supply. With only limited stocks on hand, Hirsch Selection™ Small Batch Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was selected expressly for connoisseurs of small batch fine spirits. This Special Reserve Bourbon is a worthy addition to illustrious Hirsch Selection™ hand-picked series of single barrel whiskeys.

There will be a new review about every week. Stay tuned in for future reviews. Please write if you have a specific bourbon you would like a review on next!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. gary patschke permalink
    January 21, 2014 12:59 pm

    I have a chance to purchase a 28 year old bottle of Hirsch bourbon for 400.00— the price is not the issue—- the label looks just like the one pictured above— it does not state “A.H. Hirsh—- just Hirsch also has Preiss— I was under the assumption that A.H. Hirsch is the collectable one and would the bottle im interested in be the same

    • February 27, 2014 9:59 am


      Thank you for the question and your interest in SHW:

      From what I understand; Hirsch closed their doors sometime ago and what was left was purchased and is now being distrusted, slowly, as small batches (to stretch the product). All of the labeled aged product, is most likely from when they were still producing. Hirsch products are very nice if you have an opportunity to get a hold on one, you should try (as long as you can fit the bill).

      It is possible that the same folks are starting to reproduce the recipe.


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