Excerpt: More oak and dried spice when compared to the 2013 release (our American Whiskey of the Year) and, while not quite reaching that caliber (it’s not quite as seamless, drinkable, or complex), it gets close. Very impressive.
Excerpt: This isn’t my favorite whiskey in the Small Batch series, but damn if I didn’t enjoy it as much as those that have preceded it. Four Roses and Jim Rutledge love to tout how those 10 vaunted recipes can generate all kinds of different Bourbons when blended with an expert hand.
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Produced using a blend of 9yr OBSK, 11yr OBSF, 12yr OESV and 13yr OBSV, this year's small batch limited edition release from Four Roses is a barrel proof blend of straight bourbons - some that are favored recipes for many.
Powerful and rich - immediately enticing. Tons of brown sugar, baking spice, leather, tobacco and brown butter. An abundance of pepper, some sweet oak, soft honey and rich toffee.
Rich on the palate. Viscous and heavy, coats the palate nicely. Faint orange zest, caramel and toffee. Brown sugar, toffee once more and a brownie batter cocoa note. Old, pungent tobacco notes. Pepper, oak structure is dead on, and tons of baking spice.
Lovely, long finish that's plenty complex with an abundance of spice, oak, toffee and caramel notes.
Delightful complexity from start to finish, this bottling is one for the books.
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