Four Roses Single Barrel: Review

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50%ABV/100 Proof, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

As you might have picked up from our previous review of Four Roses Small Batch, we love what the new owners from the Kirin Brewery Company are doing with this historic brand that was practically brought back from the dead. The reasons that William Faulkner loved the original Four Roses that applied to small batch also apply to the single barrel: it’s good, it’s affordable, and it’s generally available in most places. The single barrel costs a bit more than the small batch, as well it should, but not that much. Perhaps our favorite thing about Four Roses are the seemingly infinite flavor combinations they can squeeze out of their two different mashbills and five different yeast strains. It makes tasting Four Roses and their Special Editions an ever more enjoyable game. This is the standard single barrel OBSV.

Eye:

Amber with long lanky legs.

Nose:

Rich caramel, peaches and cinnamon.

Mouth:

Smooth creamy caramel, peppery spices, lightly browned sugar, with hints of peaches and other stone fruit—like an elegant old southern pie recipe that’s been elevated to fine cuisine at a fancy restaurant. After I added a few small cubes of ice and let them melt, it opened up with even more pepper and caramel, cherries and oak. Slowly sipping and letting it breathe revealed touches of leather and a bit of chocolate. The finish fades into long slow mellow burn. Everything is well-balanced so no single flavor overwhelms the experience.  Overall, it’s very similar to the small batch but more elegant and refined. We’d enjoy the small batch every day, and bring this out for a little something special—like Friday.

Rating: 🥃🥃🥃1/2

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