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Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2021

  • Distiller:

    Four Roses

  • Bottler:

    Four Roses

  • ABV:

    57.1%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 97
  • Publication: WhiskeyRaiders
  • Excerpt: A monster from Four Roses arrives well tuned and delicious. The berries and cream character is an interesting, new look from the brand who focuses on more spice driven recipes in recent years but this delicious, high proof release carries well with plenty of tannin to balance without becoming a bitter bomb.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Uproxx
  • Excerpt: It’s a damn near perfect sipper is what I’m getting at.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Paste
  • Excerpt: One area that stands out in a wonderful way is texture—this has an extremely full and smooth mouthfeel that is silky and luxurious from start to finish.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Drink Hacker
  • Excerpt: The finish is more seductive, hinting at a chocolate-covered cherry note, though it remains quite tight on the whole and is a touch green on the fade-out.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: I’ll never turn down Four Roses, especially for a limited offering like this one. They are experts at their craft. But it also tastes like its check engine light is going to pop on anytime. Meaning: Make sure you’ve got something to prevent overheating.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: The Bourbon Culture
  • Excerpt: The whole dram is creamy and drinks slightly above its 114 proof. I’m not complaining either.
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  • Intro:

    Distilled by Four Roses and assembled using 16yr OBSV, 14y OBSQ, 12yr OESK and 16yr OESK, this 114.2 proof blend is bottled at cask strength with no filtering as the 2021 Limited Edition offering from the brand.

  • Nose:

    Powerful and spicy at first. Rich and floral, plenty of blackberry, toffee, a touch of butterscotch and then bold pepper and oak. Spicy!

  • Taste:

    A wallop on the palate. Rich and viscous. Drinks a touch hot. Delightfully fruity and floral, the oak is present but not overbearing. Blackberry, honey, a touch of tobacco, floral lavender, orange peel, nougat. Lots going on.

  • Finish:

    Long finish, sweet and fruit forward. Spicy with an ebb and flow, but the nougat shines through in a delightful berries and cream character.

  • Overall:

    A monster from Four Roses arrives well tuned and delicious. The berries and cream character is an interesting, new look from the brand who focuses on more spice driven recipes in recent years but this delicious, high proof release carries well with plenty of tannin to balance without becoming a bitter bomb.

  • Score:

    8

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