Hirsch Selection 20-year-old

Overall rating
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
American Whiskey
Stated Age
20 years old
Oak Barrels
48.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Special Reserve
Added on
07 Jul 2011 11:58 pm

Average value

€ 176.35

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Whisky Reviews for Hirsch Selection 20-year-old

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.63 points

  1. BSWproject27 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
      A pungent nose with oak, butter and dill pickles.
    • Taste
      78 78
      A bit harsh at first but oak, black licorice, grass and unsalted butter notes come through. This is not very oily and palate coating for me.
    • Finish
      77 77
      A long finish but leaving a dry palate and some bitterness that I can't quite identify with. Perhaps this spent a little bit too much time aging in the barrel. I will say however that this does seem to improve a bit with time.

  2. magic_slim scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Some months have passed since I tasted my last American Whisky ... and I find this to be a good one.
    • Nose
      Sweet and fresh at first nosing with notes of furniture polish, fresh banana, caramel and vanilla. Lots of corn, some cookie and dough aromas. Nice and pleasant.
    • Taste
      Smooth and creamy bourbon-like whisky at first mouthfeel. Being swallowed the intensity of flavors is watery at first, before it becomes stronger and satisfying. Banana milk shake, vanilla, toffee, sweet corn, cereals in cream with honey ... then spicy aromas are coming up (mostly pepper and ginger). Tasty.
    • Finish
      Short and simple. Slightly dry with notes of cereals. 

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Very round, balanced and ripe as I think, tastes like a healthy US breakfast;)
    • Nose
      Salted caramel, Leibniz cookies, butter, creamy toffee, makes you want more
    • Taste
      Corn with nougat, slightly roasted notes, cereals in milk with honey, marzipan towards the end, hint of citrus influence vllt.
    • Finish
      Warm, quite round, dry cereals with toffee remain in the throat

  4. mds51 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    I have the feeling that the 20 years was too much, because he has a few false notes, as they were at Ben Nevis 1966 of Whiskey Broker (the forgotten barrels) were also found, but not so extreme. The nose promises a lot, but in the mouth it fails catastrophically. No wonder he was thrown so extremely cheaply on the market for 20 years.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, glue, sweet corn, tannins, some solvents, dried banana slices, a touch of oak, caramel, light grapes, roasted aromas.
      From the nose, I would speak of a high proportion of corn, barely seasoning the Rye.
    • Taste
      In the first feeling watery, then spicy with a bitter aftertaste. From the high corn content, which one notices in the nose is in the taste not much to find, rather a rather bad Rye taste.
      In the second sip not quite as weak-breasted, the corn is a little more through, light vanilla and caramel notes are noticeable. In the background again bitterness, like sourdough bread.
    • Finish
      There remains a slightly bitter aftertaste and a hint of spice.

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    I have to admit that
    my expectation for this 20 Year Old were a lot higher. Oh, well.
    • Nose
      The nose needs quite
      a bit of time to become sweet, but once it has achieved this, it is all about
      banana. Some nuts as well. Make that a hint of marzipan. Then the typical
      bourbon sweetness kicks in from the dominating corn in the mashbill. Vanilla
      and caramel. Not a whole lot more, which is a bit of a disappointment.
    • Taste
      It is quite creamy on
      the palate and immediately honeysweet. The banana from the nose reminds me a
      bit of Elexir d’Anvers, a liqueur from my neck of the woods. This is joined by
      citrus, mostly mandarin and lemon. The spices lean towards ginger and white
      pepper with a pinch of cinnamon.
    • Finish
      The finish is not
      very long, nor memorable.


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