Four Roses Small Batch 2017 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Al Young: Review

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Barrel Strength 53.8% ABV, 107.6 Proof

As you may have noticed in some earlier reviews, we really really really love Four Roses Bourbon. Hands down, it’s one of our favorites for any occasion, in all of it’s various forms—small batch, single barrel, store picks, and the endless variations of limited edition releases thanks to their true bourbon geek recipe combo of Production Facility (O), Mashbill (_), Whiskey Distillation (S), and Yeast Strain (_). This was a limited release of 10,000 bottles composed of 5% 23-year OBSV, 25% 15-year OBSK, 50% 13-year OESV, and 20% 12-year OBSF. Some people have lauded this as the best bourbon of 2017, it definitely wins the award for best bottle design.

Eye

Dark copper burnish with long leisurely legs.

Nose

It hits you hard at first sniff with some heavy apricot followed by peaches and brown sugar and vanilla. The label boasts of magnolia blossoms, but I registered it as your typical floral notes Four Roses is famous for.

Mouth

With every bit of juice in here at least 12-year’s old, and some as ancient as 23, the flavors are deep and bold—with heavy wood and dark cherry notes up front, fading into a touch of peppermint. There’s not much heat at all considering the cask strength, it’s very smooth with a light mellow burn. More floral and fruit notes emerge given time to breathe. I added a single small cube of ice to see what happens and it revealed spicy peppers and leather. However, I much preferred the flavor before the water. Next time I’ll enjoy it purely neat and revel in the chewy ripe fruit flavors. The finish just goes on and on, limited only by how long you want to wait before taking another sip. Toward the very last sip I was getting some figs floating in those oaky depths.

Rating 🥃🥃🥃🥃

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