Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 130th Anniversary Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 130th Anniversary

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  • Distiller:

    Four Roses

  • Bottler:

    Four Roses

  • ABV:

    54.2%

  • Age:

    10 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 76
  • Publication: SpiritSurveyor
  • Excerpt: It didn’t have that heavy taste and feel I would want from a “limited edition” at this price point. It just felt too light and delicate to really make me enjoy it like I wanted to.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long and dry with dried fruits, honey, and a hint of spice. Excellent!
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Four Roses 130th Anniversary is tasty whiskey indeed, but is somewhat far from being one of my favorite limited editions Four Roses has released.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: It has a wonderful and lively nose, that’s equaled by a flavorful palate, and capped off by a warm and satisfying finish.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Robust and drinkable, the fruity pie filling turns to candied orange peel and buckwheat honey before a licorice-laced finish.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The bourbon strikes a balance between its richness and moderately high proof; it's very enjoyable served neat, but will do just fine with a cube or two of ice.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: It’s a great spicy oaky bourbon with a balanced sweetness that I want to keep revisiting over and over and over… until my 200ml is gone.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Those looking for a sugar bomb need not apply, but fans of a more sultry, introspective style of whiskey will find plenty to enjoy here.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: The value is through the roof, there are not many better whiskies at this price point. If you have not tried Four Roses 130th yet, definitely seek it out!
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: The musty oaky tobacco note in the palate was absolutely delicious, though, and I think this earns good marks as a result. Not my favorite LE from them by a long shot, but I'm a fan nonetheless.
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  • Intro:

    A blend of 10yr OBSV, 13yr OBSF, 14yr OESV and 16yr OESK, this years limited edition falls on Four Roses 130th anniversary. Bottled at cask strength from a small lot of barrels, this bottle always goes fast at release, often commanding impressive secondary prices. Let's see how it is.

  • Nose:

    Honey, tobacco, big clove and some rye spice. Really nice, but super on profile for 4R with their herbal spicy note. Toffee, some vanilla, nice oak component.

  • Taste:

    Thin to medium mouth feel. Toffee, honey, big powerful spice. Rye, clove, nice herbal component. Lightly minty before a significant molasses note. Musty tobacco rolls in with old oak.

  • Finish:

    Short to medium in length, clean dry finish. Little dry for me, a bit oaky and spicy with loads of clove, pepper, oak, light mintiness and some flower lavendar.

  • Overall:

    This was an interesting dram. It kinda threw me around like a bull from time to time. Overall, I liked it, but it's a wild child in that it seems to be attacking several profiles, all over the place. The musty oaky tobacco note in the palate was absolutely delicious, though, and I think this earns good marks as a result. Not my favorite LE from them by a long shot, but I'm a fan nonetheless.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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