Friday, March 7, 2014

Review #7 - Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon



Four Roses releases three regular bourbons in the U.S.: yellow label, small batch and single barrel. The blended whiskey of the Seagrams years is ancient history. Four Roses also does a yearly limited edition release of their small batch and the single barrel bourbons. Both versions are highly coveted by collectors for their exceptional quality and rarity. This review will cover the regular Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon that can be found pretty easily throughout the United States.

In 2012 and 2013 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch won the prestigious Whiskey Advocate's American Whiskey of the Year award. What they are doing at Four Roses is nothing short of a miracle and under Master Distiller Jim Rutledge's watchful eyes the brand will keep getting better and better. The sky is truly the limit in Lawrenceburg Kentucky.

PRODUCT SPECS

Whiskey Type - Bourbon

Alcohol By Volume (ABV) - 45%

Mashbill - 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% malted barley

Age - approximately 8 Years.

NOSE
Lemon Peel
Red Grapes
Sweet cake frosting
Candy Corn

PALATE
Vanilla
Honey
Confectioners sugar
Cedar Wood

FINISH
The finish is medium in length and ends with mint, cinnamon and light cherry cola notes. 

FINAL IMPRESSIONS
Four Roses Small Batch is a terrifically sweet and drinkable bourbon. Although it lacks the aggressiveness and complexity of other bourbons it makes for a great weekend sipper and it is really enjoyable. If you are feeling like satisfying your sweet tooth with an excellent crafted spirit than I highly recommend Four Roses Small Batch.

PRODUCT RATING 
3 out of 5. This is a very well rounded sweet bourbon. You can generally find it on sale in the upper $20 to mid $30 range making this an exceptional value purchase. 

RATING SYSTEM
0 - hot dog water - nothing redeeming
1 - one dimensional - not complex and can be flat in areas
2 - entry level whiskey -  a few highlights for a good value
3 - daily sipper - solid, well made product that is always enjoyed.
4 - big whiskey - complex layered flavors - amazing balance
5 - huge, exceptional, unique, one of a kind