Four Roses OESF Single Barrel Limited Edition 2014
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Raided Score: 93
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.
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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This is an annual release from Four Roses that showcases a single recipe. It is bottled at cask strength.
Brown sugar, mild rye spice. Molasses, some clove and this odd fruity hint - like banana and apple.
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.
It's long, hot and spicy. Growing bitter with only a small hint of maple.
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.
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