This is an OESK recipe single barrel Private Selection from Four Roses that was selected by Gordon's, a well known liquor retailer. At 10 years and 4 months old, this one has some decent age on it, so I'm looking forward to this one. Let's dive in.
Huge, bold toffee note, syrupy cherry, molasses and brown sugar. Dessert as rich as the day is long.
Hot, but rich. The ethanol is powerful, present and sort of in your face. Behind that potency is more toffee, nougat, luxardo cherry and molasses. Big floral note before orange zest and molasses take back over.
Very long, but again it is powerful and potent. Rich and complex but dominated by ethanol which is disappointing. Cherry, floral notes and syrupy cocoa bring complexity that would be an all star if not for the heat.
This has so many amazing things going for it but all of that work is cannibalized by an enduring heat that is unshakable. The notes are a joy, but the heat makes drinking this work. A minor disappointment for me given how much I typically love both OESK and also picks from Gordon’s. Probably my most disappointing Four Roses in some time, but thankfully there are more.