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Four Roses Single Barrel - Barrel Strength Warehouse:MW Barrel: 50-4N Mashbill: OBSV Age: 8yrs 4months
I loved the 50% FRSB so I found a retailer in Nashville that carried the full strength version! Of course, its a single barrel so im not expecting consistency but have high expectations for this guy. Bottle opened about a week and is 95% full.
Nose: Spearmint toothpaste. Dubble-bubble chewing gum. Pine needles. York peppermint patties. Very minty.
Palate: Starts sweet and minty like the nose with spearmint and double-bubble, then moves to a more earthy, tobacco note. Not as much tobacco as my other FRSB but there is an earthy note that I dont really know how to describe other than "earthy." Tasty dirt? I know that doesnt sound appealing but...its nice. A bit of black pepper too and a spicy note to add some balance.
Finish: Vanilla. Then a bit of bad breath or something. Not a pleasant flavor. Earthy but not pleasant as it was earlier. Like a fruit that has been sitting out too long. Not rotten, just very, very ripe. Then some wood that has been sitting out in the rain for months and has started to break down. Old, wet wood.
Overall: Very pleasant, big, full-strength bourbon until about 3 seconds after you swallow. This bottle still has plenty of oxidation to follow but as of now, I prefer my 50% bottle of FRSB to this. Obviously different barrels will always be different and not like batched whiskey, which is all part of the fun of SB whisk(e)y. Never know what you'll get.