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REVIEW: FOUR ROSES SMALL BATCH BOURBON

28 May
REVIEW: FOUR ROSES SMALL BATCH BOURBON

DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the manufacturer. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.

Color: Light Golden Amber

Nose: Vanilla, Corn, Spice, Caramel and Oak

Taste: Vanilla, Corn, Apple, Caramel, Spice, and Oak

Finish: Long smooth finish with a hit of spice and hints of oak

Score:
Rick- 7.0/10.0
Sam- 8.0/10.0
Overall- 7.5/10.0

This sample was provided by the good folks at Four Roses. This is one of those Bourbons you keep on the shelf when you just want to unwind. A little background straight from Four Roses:

“Mingling multiple Bourbon recipes is an art in itself. Four original and limited Bourbon recipes have been expertly selected by our Master Distiller at the peak of maturation to create a perfectly balanced Small Batch Bourbon that rewards you with a mellow symphony of rich, spicy flavors along with sweet, fruity aromas and hints of sweet oak and caramel. Finishes soft, smooth and pleasantly long. Best enjoyed straight up, on the rocks or with a splash.”

I really couldn’t have said it any better myself.

We enjoyed this neat. I have forgotten to provide this in the past, but I will try my best to remember it in the future.

The nose is nicely balanced. All of the aromas come up to greet your nose pleasantly. The alcohol is a tad pervasive, but not so much as to ruin the experience. The oak stands out a bit better than most Bourbons, not hiding behind the corn or vanilla. I think as far as Bourbons go this is one of the best balances you can get on the nose.

The first sip is very similar to the nose. The only addition is the green apple that makes a surprise entrance. This is a very well balanced drink. the nose and the taste match almost perfectly. This is what I would call a great beginners bourbon. It doesn’t stray to far from the ordinary.I like to have this around for parties, it’s nice enough to taste good but won’t break the bank. The best part is that it is so well rounded it would work for both the bourbon lover and the occasional sipper and not offend anyone..

The Finish is the best part, long and smooth with a solid hit of peppery spice and oak, and a satisfying burn all the way down.

I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Review suggestions are welcome.

Until Next Time,

Slàinte Mhath!

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1 Comment

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Bourbon, Reviews, whiskey

 

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One response to “REVIEW: FOUR ROSES SMALL BATCH BOURBON

  1. Mark Luebker

    May 31, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    This has quickly become my go-to for making old fashioneds. The sweetness and spiciness combine beautifully with the bitters and the citrus in the drink. Might be the best old fashioned I’ve had, but I’m keeping an open mind and continuing to experiment.

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