Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2016 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2016

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  • Distiller:

    Four Roses

  • Bottler:

    Four Roses

  • ABV:

    55.6%

  • Age:

    12 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: I may be in the minority as I have typically found the annual Limited Edition Small Batch to be of high quality but not overly exciting, despite high ratings from many reviewers. The 2016 vintage stands out as the best Limited Edition Small Batch bourbon from Four Roses that I’ve tasted, holding company with other highly regarded bourbons and providing a memorable experience.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Finally, the quintessential cinnamon shows over a slightly disappointing medium finish.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: My Whiskey Wash colleague, however, loved it, which is part of why whiskey sipping is so fun. There’s always something for everyone.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The finish is quite sweet and rich, then moves into drier oak with cinnamon, but the sweetness continues to linger and never leaves. Incredibly smooth especially at the proof.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: While its unique fruitiness is not something I can complain about, the whiskey itself is out of balance and just comes across as weird on the palate, with a finish I can’t really get behind.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Long, just a hair hot, but still very nice.
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  • Nose:

    Sweet and spicy. Yeasty like bakery sweets. Frosting, faint butter caramel. Not a lot of floral or fruity here, just sweet, dry and spicy.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouth feel. Sweet and rich. Theres a nice peppery spice to follow. The heat is a little unconstrained here, but not by a lot. Some faint floral notes are here also but the sweet / spicy theme is really the big picture.

  • Finish:

    Long, just a hair hot, but still very nice.

  • Overall:

    I really enjoyed this but not as much as some past releases. I was blessed by a friend who found a couple - he was generous enough to let me and another buddy split this bottle at cost. I'm very glad I took him up on the offer. Half a bottle is perfect though since this is sort of a mood dram for me. Nevertheless the quality is high and I think it punches just right with a lot of their PS bottles also. Four Roses juice at cask strength is just delicious.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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