This is a rare, but growing ever increasingly less so, single barrel Four Roses bottling for a local Wisconsin liquor chain. As time progresses, we are seeing more and more 7-9 year, 50% ABV OBSV picks being doled out to stores and this is one of them. Lets see how it stacks up.
Caramel, clove, honey, rich tobacco, cocoa and some token Four Roses clove and pepper. Really rich nose, overall.
Medium - rich mouthfeel, caramel and pepper. Lots of tobacco and a strong oak presence. Sweet cream, clove and cocoa rounds out the palate.
Medium length, no heat. Sweet caramel, cocoa and vanilla. A really vibrant fruitiness here plays well with some confectioners sugar and some nice oak character.
This store has had its ups and downs in the past but I thought this was something really impressive. I was concerned that getting a Single Barrel rather than a Private Selection would be a bit of a downgrade but that wasn't the case at all. Very nice.