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Four Roses Single Barrel

Bourbons Do Not Disappoint

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

5th Aug 2014

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Four Roses Single Barrel
  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    24
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    24
  • Overall
    94

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It's been a while since I put a good old fashioned bourbon on the tasting block. Five months to be exact. No real reason other than getting swept up in my single malt purchases and ignoring this spirit from the West.

For some reason I always get grief from my whisky club about my love for American whisky. Not that they're snobs or anything. It's just that I organized a bourbon tasting one night and, let's say, things got out of hand.

The following morning was a barrage of half coherent phone calls blaming my generous pours and the Devil that was inside this damned spirit for their complete lack of motor skills.

Sure guys. Blame the bourbons.

I've had my eye on Four Roses for a while but just didn't get around to picking one up for the bar. Good thing I did. I'm quite proud of my growing bourbon collection and the Four Roses makes for a worthy addition.

My sample is from Barrel# 69-6W from warehouse ME bottled at a perfect 50% ABV.

Nose: Howy pardner! So many aromas all working together in near perfect harmony. Maple syrup. Chocolate fudge brownies. Overripe oranges. Espresso coffee beans. Black licorice. Burnt caramel. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Oak. The longer you nose the more aromas you get. In the interest of space I had to stop.

Palate: Brilliant delivery. Controlled at 50% which I think works beautifully. Oaky at first before getting sweeter mid-palate. Honey. Molasses. Cherries. Dark plums. Chocolate caramel. Black peppercorns. Cinnamon.

Finish: Satisfyingly long. Touch bitter with vanilla and black peppers.

As a recent practice I've been drinking the actually whisky while writing my review. For some reason this review has taken twice as long. You figure out why.

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7 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

Great review, @MaltActivist. Four Roses has done a great job with quality in recent years. They do frustrate the hell out of me, though, by not listing which of their 10 different bourbons they are selling on the labels of their standard single barrels. Those 10 Four Roses bourbons are really quite a bit different from one another and I like some much better than others. The private barrels often list the formula information. OE = 20% rye formula; OB = 35% rye formula,...and the five yeast strains K,F,O,Q,and V.

Four Roses mixes and matches these different bourbons in their other products: Yellow Label = all 10 formulae; Small Batch = 4 of the 10 (I believe); Mariage = 2 of the 10 blended together; an annual Limited Edition could be one or more of the formulae.

9 years ago 0

@MaltActivist
MaltActivist commented

@Victor wow, I honestly did not know that. So there's no way I can determine which batch my sample is from?

9 years ago 0

@MaltActivist
MaltActivist commented

@Victor I've asked Four Roses for a clarification on my bottle. Let's see if they respond.

9 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@MaltActivist, certainly Four Roses has the answer. Hopefully they will respond to your inquiry.

9 years ago 0

@MaltActivist
MaltActivist commented

@Victor They came back with this recipe Mashbill is 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% malted barley / OBSV

9 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@MaltActivist, that is excellent that you got a prompt and useful response. Personally I like all of the "OB" 35% rye mashbill Four Roses Bourbons I've tried. Some of the OEs I like, others leave me more indifferent. "V" is the designator for the yeast used. Four Roses also in some places gives verbal tasting descriptions for each of their yeasts, with which you may or may not agree. They do give some idea of the differences among the different bourbons with the same grain mashbill.

Well-known bourbon writer Chuck Cowdery says that US distillers tell him that 50% of the whiskey flavour comes from the wood, 25% from the grains, and 25% from the yeast. That about squares with my experience also.

9 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@MaltActivist, fantastic review! I too have become enamoured of/by/with bourbon. I have always enjoyed bourbon, but lately, with a nudge in the right direction, (thank you @Victor) I have made room in my cabinet for more than just a few bottles.

9 years ago 0