107.3 proof (53.95% alcohol) barrel aged over a range of 12-15 years
Four Roses has been one of our favorite whiskeys since we first got into enjoying bourbon. From the always available and affordable regular Small Batch to the only slightly more expensive Single Barrel, and the seemingly endless combinations of their proprietary mashbills: OBSK, OESK, OBSO, OESO, etc, etc. It’s kind of stuff that bourbon geeks really love. (This year’s Limited Edition release is a blend of a 15-year-old OESK, a 13-year-old OESK and a 12-year-old OESV.)
2017 was blessed with two special limited editions from Four Roses, the Al Young 50th Anniversary (currently taking a rest in our whiskey vault to be reviewed soon) and this little beauty, the 2017 Limited Edition Small Batch. Last year, I was lucky enough to win the opportunity to buy the 2016 Limited Edition at MSRP, for which a fellow bourbon geek instantly offered me double. I turned him down, and drank the bottle too fast to write a review. This year, with the buying power of my Whiskey Wednesday club behind me, I got the 2017 edition to stock the whiskey locker. At the last Whiskey Wednesday before Christmas, we got the gang together for a review.
Coppery auburn, with long skinny legs slowly running down the glass.
Lots of peaches, cherries and other juicy stone fruit
Right off the bat at the first sip, you get fruit, fruit and more fruit. A beautifully rounded peach, followed by a long mellow burn, fading into pleasantly luscious cherries. As it breathes, some juicy fruit gum emerges, and then vanilla, butterscotch, and other candied sweets. On the final sips, a surprising amount of oak and leather show up to lend some bass notes. This is a complex fruit bomb for the lucky, well-heeled bourbon lover that with a sweet tooth.