Review #42 Four Roses Small Batch
Updated: Feb 20, 2021
Distillery: Four Roses
Mashbill: Blend of 2 mashbills: 75% Corn, 20% Rye, 5% Malted Barley & 60% Corn, 35% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
BACKGROUND: Four Roses uses 2 different mashbills and 5 different yeast strains to create 10 unique bourbon recipes. Their small batch bourbon is a blend of their OBSK, OESK, OBSO, and OESO recipes which use both the E mashbill and the B mashbill. It is rumored that the average age is between 6-7 yrs for the blended whiskeys.
NOSE: Lots of spice and oak on this along with some hints of citrus fruits. There is a presence of ethanol in the background that cannot be denied. Its a simple nose that is also quite light (17/25)
PALATE: A very easy sip! It is a lighter palate due to the low proof but definitely get the high rye, along with some light vanilla, caramel, and honey. It’s a delicate palate due it being so light, it almost feels flimsy. I wouldn’t add water or ice as it may break the light balance (30/40)
FINISH: The finish is hard to find but then it comes back with a lot of spice and oak. It lingers in the back of the mouth. (19/25)
VALUE: With an SRP of $30 this is a great buy and perfectly priced! (8/10)
FINAL THOUGHTS: This is a whiskey that made us fall in love with bourbon and our introductory bourbon. We had this early on in our whiskey journey and it truly is the perfect introduction bourbon. Easy to drink with classic bourbon notes at a great price.
Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Chicken Cock Straight Bourbon
Similar & Equal Whiskey: Sonoma Brother's Bourbon
Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Breckenridge Blended Bourbon
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96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods
90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey
85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this
80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there
75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf
70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this
60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers
50-59: Not my cup of tea
Below 50: Give away