Four Roses OESF Single Barrel Limited Edition 2014 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Four Roses OESF Single Barrel Limited Edition 2014

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  • Distiller:

    Four Roses

  • Bottler:

    Four Roses

  • ABV:

    53.9%

  • Age:

    11 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish has a good sweetness with honey, pears, a hint of almonds, and a nice oakiness. Note that the ABV strength will vary from bottle to bottle, since this Bourbon is bottled at barrel strength.
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  • Raided Score: 98
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The palate is full of chocolate and caramel with a rich oily mouthfeel. The finish is less spicy than anticipated, with a medium-long length.
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  • Raided Score: 95
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: A lively bourbon, with crisp, clean flavors and nicely balanced. Another winner from Four Roses.
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  • Raided Score: 69
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: I find this very disappointing, I think it’s all oak. I found the cheaper Small Batch versions I could try much, much, and I mean much better. I mean, more to my liking. This is not really my style, that’s all.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: This is liquid dessert that goes down far too easily than its hefty alcohol level would indicate. Another gorgeous, if wholly unexpected and unusual, winner from Jim Rutledge and Four Roses.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: It was spicier and lacking in the maple and molasses department compared to the nose.
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  • Intro:

    This is an annual release from Four Roses that showcases a single recipe. It is bottled at cask strength.

  • Nose:

    Brown sugar, mild rye spice. Molasses, some clove and this odd fruity hint - like banana and apple.

  • Taste:

    Only mildly with an interesting punch to it. It almost drinks a hair more like a rye given the spicey. Theres a hint of metallic edge here. Based on the nose, I expected tons of sweetness here but all Im getting is a dry, rye mouthfeel with some odd metal. Its good, but deceptive.

  • Finish:

    It's long, hot and spicy. Growing bitter with only a small hint of maple.

  • Overall:

    I've never branched out and tried all of the 4R recipes but I'm starting to see that there can be some major differences. I think, perhaps, this recipe just isn't for me. It was spicier and lacking in the maple and molasses department compared to the nose. I would almost equate it more to a rye. Maybe my palate was off. Either way, I enjoyed getting the opportunity to try this and Ill look forward to snagging some other recipes to venture into in the future.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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