Excerpt: It’s still one worth seeking out if you’re a Four Roses fan, however the blow of not finding one can be easily lessened thanks to the recent addition of Small Batch Select to the Four Roses family.
Excerpt: The 2019 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch is just awesome, hands down it’s my favorite since the 2015/125th. It’s heavily oaked but not distractingly so, richly sweet but not cloying and rustic without being too grainy or farmy.
Excerpt: Beneath the woody splendor lurks a core of rich black cherry fruit, which permeates the full-bodied palate, oozing with dark berry fruit that slowly succumbs to butterscotch, espresso, chocolate-covered cherries, and drying tannins. A masterful work of balance and lush flavors.
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This years Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition is a blend of 11,15, and 21 year old bourbons from the OBSV, OESK and OESV recipes. This is bottled at cask strength, with NAS, despite the TTB violations on the label. This release is pretty hyped, year to year, so I'm looking forward to trying another entry in the FR SmBLE lineage. Let's dive in.
Pungent, sweet and musty. Loaded with oak, toffee, pipe tobacco, amaretto nuttiness and sweet honey. Rich and indulgent.
Medium mouth feel, although the heat is present and restrained. Lots of toffee, some oak. Good deal of cocoa here and nutty peanut brittle. Amaretto notes. Big bold clove and allspice. Not overoaked, but very evidently tannic. Some heat grows with time.
Long but a bit hot. Bright and fruity - orange marmalade and berry before the oak, toffee and tobacco return.
Really interesting bottle, one thats a bit unique compared to past releases in a way that I'm hella into. The releases of the last couple years haven't super scratched many itches for me, but this is my jam. Strong work, Roses. This is easily my favorite SmBLE since 2015.
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