Four Roses Private Select OESO Woodland Wine Merchants

Four Roses PS

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Four Roses / Kirin

Region: Kentucky

53.2% ABV

Aged For: 13 Years

Mashbill: 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char # 3 or 4

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweet corn, floral notes, oak, mint, nutmeg, coffee, and vanilla

Feel:Medium body

Taste: Baking spices, cinnamon, oak, floral, nutmeg, and vanilla with caramel cream

Finish: Medium warmth and length, Cloves, oak, sweet flowers, almond butter

Thoughts: This is one of the few times floral notes have worked for me in a bourbon, as everything came together very well.

Score: 85 out of 100

 

 

Four Roses Private Select OESK

This pick was a general release for New York State

Paid: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Four Roses / Kirin

Region: Kentucky

54.4% ABV

Mashbill: 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% barley

Aged For: 10 years, 9 months

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char # 3 or 4

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Butterscotch, maple brown sugar, cocoa powder, and oak

Mouthfeel: Oily, then drying

Palate/Taste: Tobacco, oak, spices, cinnamon, pepper, caramel, and vanilla

Finish: Drying and medium warmth, lasting finish, oak and toffee with a bit of espresso and chocolate

Thoughts: You can almost never go wrong with an OESK, lovely flavors.

Score: 88 out of 100

Four Roses Private Select OESK Liquor Barn

Four Roses OESK

Paid: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Four Roses / Kirin

Store Select: Liquor Barn

Region: Kentucky

56.5% ABV

Mashbill: 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% barley

Aged For: 9 Years, 8 Months

Cask Type: New charred American oak, Char # 3 or 4

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

 

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, tobacco, oak, cinnamon, cedar, caramel, ansise

Feel: Full bodied and spicy

Taste: Clove, cigar tobacco, spicy oak, caramel, rye, vanilla, and pepper

Finish: Warm and lasting, coffee cake, baking spice, glazed donuts with bacon.

Thoughts: A lovely bottling, I think the OESK is my favorite of the Four Roses recipes.

Score: 88 out of 100

 

Four Roses Private Select OESO

Four Roses PS

Price: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Four Roses / Kirin

Region: Kentucky

58.2% ABV

Mashbill: 75% Corn, 20% Rye, 5% Barley

Aged For: Didn’t get age from my friend’s bottle, estimated around 10 Years

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char # 3 or 4

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Deep Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Vanilla, chocolate, honey, cherry, corn, and oak.

Mouthfeel: Slightly wet and full.

Palate/Taste:Sweet vanilla corn, smores, oak, and coffee.

Finish: Medium length and more towards the gentle side. Leather notes with sweet sugar and oak.

Thoughts: Very sweet and sugary, but I would have liked a bit more Oomph for personal preferences.

Score: 82 out of 100

 

Four Roses Small Batch

Four roses small batch

Aged longer and proofed higher than the yellow label, this is a blend of their OBSK, OBSO, OESK, and OESO recipes. Four Roses uses Canadian style rickhouses and do not rotate their barrels.

Price: $30 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Four Roses / Kirin

Region: Kentucky

45% ABV

Mashbill: 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% barley blended with 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% barley

Aged For: Minimum 6 years

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char # 3 and 4

Chill Filtered: Yes

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Vanilla, Honey, heather, rye, cinnamon, and rose petals.

Mouthfeel: Intermediate

Palate/Taste: Caramel, rye, oak, pipe tobacco, pepper, and candy corn.

Finish: Medium length and warmth with vanilla and cinnamon notes.

Thoughts: Average all around bourbon.

Score: 80 out of 100

Four Roses Single Barrel

Four Roses Single Barrel

Paid: $40 for 750ml

Distilled / Owned By: Four Roses / Kirin

Region: Kentucky

50% ABV

Aged For: Around 8 years

Four Roses Recipe: OBSV (High Rye, delicate fruit, spicy and creamy)

Mashbill: 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% malted barley

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char # 3 and 4

Chill Filtered: Yes

Batch Info: Warehouse HW, Barrel 34-10

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

 


 

Color: Orangeish Copper

Nose: Cinnamon, the high rye presence makes itself known. Oak, touches of vanilla.

Taste: Peppermint, Cracked peppercorns, and cinnamon demonstrate the rye presence. Carmel, butterscotch and sweet corn give it a sweeter second half.

Finish: Spicy and lingering. Nutmeg and Coffee. Quiet a dry finish.

Overall: Complex and spicy is the Four Roses consensus and I would have to agree. A great high proof, high rye bourbon.

Score: 85 out of 100