Review: Four Roses Small Batch Select

Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Four Roses / Kirin

Region: Kentucky

52% ABV

Aged For: Min 6 Years

Mashbill: Blend of OBSV, OBSK, OBSF, OESV, OESK, and OESF

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Brown sugar, charred marshmallows, graham crackers, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, fruits, and spice

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Tastes sort of like a liquid smores, followed by a sharp rye spice with cracked black pepper, and oak. Vanilla, mint, and hints of citrus.

Finish: Medium warmth and shorter medium length. Light berries, vanilla, and oak with caramel.

Thoughts: I really love the opening taste of smores on the palate, but then it turns the spice dial up and sort of ruins it for me. Not bad, but I feel like I was being teased.

Score: 78 out of 100

Review: Four Roses Single Barrel Private Select OBSV Old Hickory Whiskey Bar

Paid: $90 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Four Roses / Kirin

Region: Kentucky

53% ABV

Aged For: 10 years, 10 months

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

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Other Info: Warehouse EN, Barrel #36-1C

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a copita

Nose: Blast of fruit with floral undertones, butterscotch, honey, papaya, rosewater, wood shavings

Feel: Buttery, medium to full body

Taste: Cherries, pear, oak, peppermint, honey, mango, caramel, and a touch of clove

Finish: Medium warmth and long lasting, floral notes are very prominent, with touches of oak, vanilla and toffee.

Thoughts: This holds true to the description of OBSV being fruity, the nose at times being more akin to a malt whisky than a bourbon.

Score: 81 out of 100

Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2017

Four Roses 2017 Small Batch LE

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Four Roses / Kirin

Region: Kentucky

54% ABV

Aged For: 12 to 15 Years

Mashbill: 2 different OESK’s, and OESV

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No


Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Dry oaky spices, vanilla, caramel cream, a bit of earth and nutmeg

Feel: Medium body and dry

Taste: Spicy vanilla, cream, oak, chocolate, baking spice, and leather-bound books

Finish: Medium length and warmth, lots of caramel and vanilla with just a faint hint of fruit

Thoughts: It’s releases like this that have killed my interest in LE bourbon. It’s a very enjoyable whisky, but go ahead and google it and look for a price, $450 and up. For $20 bucks I can get some Wild Turkey and while it’s not as good, it’s enjoyable bourbon and less than a car payment for the average fellow to get ahold of.

Score: 85 out of 100

Four Roses Private Select OBSF Main Street Liquors

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Price: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Four Roses / Kirin

Region: Kentucky

59.3% ABV

Aged For: 8 Years , 11 months

Mashbill: 60% corn, 35% corm , 5% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Cask Details: Warehouse RN 38.3A


Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweet caramel, herbs, touch of red fruit, oak, vanilla, cinnamon

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Solid caramel and vanilla upfront, oak, brown sugar, cherries and cinnamon

Finish: Medium warmth and length, dry oak, dark coffee, berries, and cigar tobacco

Thoughts: While some of the fruit notes were nice, and by no means is this bad, it’s just another good but not spectacular single cask.

Score: 83 out of 100

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