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Four Roses Small Batch Select

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  • Distiller:

    Four Roses

  • Bottler:

    Four Roses

  • ABV:

    52%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: It is a bold spicy experience, but it’s also refined and there’s a delicateness to it. The more I drink it the more I like it… and I’m going to be drinking a lot of it.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: The price may seem hard to justify when compared to the standard Four Roses Single Barrel, which sells for less and is only four proof points lower, however the end result is worth the splurge.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: This one stays chocolate through and through, with chocolate syrup, Peppermint Patties, and barrel char closing the show.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: However the whole experience was a bit underwhelming. I look forward to seeing how this extension evolves and tasting next year’s batch.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Aromas and flavors unfold in layers, with rich oak, roasted pecans, and vanilla whipped cream juxtaposed against peppery spice, blueberry-cinnamon crumble, and sweet tea. Water reveals new depths.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long and mouthwatering. Excellent!
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  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: While I tip my hat to Four Roses for listening to the people, I must say I wish the pricing was $5-$10 lower. Regardless, this is a fine whiskey and a fantastic addition to the Four Roses portfolio.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: All told, I like this whiskey just fine, but tasted against the distillery’s other big name spirits, I found it an improvement upon a somewhat hoary Small Batch (non-Select) but not as delightful as the Single Barrel bottle I had on hand.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Overall, I enjoyed this, but I don't know it's the best thing since sliced bread. I'd happily drink it with some frequency but I don't know that I'll be doing so at the price it's going for here.
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  • Intro:

    "Master Distiller Brent Elliott selected and mingled six of Four Roses’ 10 Bourbon recipes, each aged a minimum of 6 years, to handcraft Small Batch Select. Non-chill filtered and 104 proof, our newest permanent product-line extension" - Four Roses. So, this is a well proofed, NCF batched offering from Four Roses. Let's see how it is.

  • Nose:

    Super sweet - more than expected. Toffee, nougat, clove. Lots of rich pepper, some oak, and baking spice. Not too much ethanol.

  • Taste:

    Thin to medium mouth feel. Some heat but lots of clove, baking spice, cracked pepper, honey and toffee.

  • Finish:

    Medium in length. Toffee, oak, honey roasted peanuts. Overall, this is pretty nice. Bit of nougat, some peanut brittle, light pepper.

  • Overall:

    Overall, I enjoyed this, but I don't know it's the best thing since sliced bread. I'd happily drink it with some frequency but I don't know that I'll be doing so at the price its going for here.

  • Score:

    6

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