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Four Roses Single Barrel

Four Roses, now this is bourbon

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@GBroughReview by @GBrough

27th Oct 2014

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This is a fantastic whisk(e)y that I really wish I bought sooner. I have a weird thing with Four Roses I find the small batch to be way too spicy but the Single Barrel takes that spicy notes and makes it more buttery and fruity while it keeps the exciting spices we want.

From Warehouse U5, Barrel 42-2C.

Nose: Cherries, Spices, Buttered Peaches, Cinnamon, Nutmeg.

Palate: Cherries, Spices, Chocolate from left field, strong cinnamon and sugared peaches with nutmeg.

Finish: Clean, with the buttery flavors I love to find in bourbons. With a fruit jam note.

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13 comments

@GBrough
GBrough commented

Want to add a toasted nut feel to the palate.

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@GBrough, do you know which formula this is? Four Roses makes ten different bourbons.

4 years ago 0

@GBrough
GBrough commented

I am emailing them right now to ask.

4 years ago 0

GordonShumway commented

I suspect this is Four Roses' standard single barrel formula due to the 50 percent ABV. I'm pretty sure the standard bottling is not a member of the "ten formulas" line. The ten formulas that are readily accessible here (in Kentucky), other than the standard formula, are bottled at cask strength--anywhere between 58 and 62 percent ABV (roughly). They are also $20 to $30 more per bottle. Not sure how that would translate into pounds due to import taxes.

4 years ago 0

@GBrough
GBrough commented

Here in California I can get a bottle of the special release Single Barrel for about 50 bucks or so.

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Four Roses alternates Single Barrels from among their 10 different formulae. One barrel = one bourbon. The 10 bourbons are all different from one another. You may love some of their bourbons and be indifferent to some of the others. I love most of the Four Roses bourbons but would not buy bottles of some of the others.

4 years ago 0

GordonShumway commented

Ok, I think I understand. Four Roses alternates single barrel formulae, each of which is bottled at 50 percent ABV. They also release each formula at cask strength, but in limited quantity.

4 years ago 0

@GBrough
GBrough commented

Yea, like KLwines and bevmo have their own special bottlings that they picked to sell.

4 years ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@GBrough, @Victor, I had directed a query regarding recipes to Four Roses and received a response from Jim Rutledge; an excerpt from the correspondence is listed below.

Before we research the two barrel locations you provided I have a question. Were both bottles bottled at 50% alcohol by volume? If so, the recipe used for all regular 100 proof/50% alcohol Single Barrel Bourbon is OBSV. This bottle will also have a leather neck band and a hang-tag.

I suspect this is the case. However, if you have additional questions please contact me directly.

Cheers,

Jim Rutledge

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@paddockjudge, that statement from Jim Rutledge sounds very present timeframe. I still wonder whether OBSV has always (in the past and into the future) been the bourbon used for the standard Four Roses Single Barrel. I've read that the choice of recipe has changed over time.

OB = 35% rye content. Those OBs are the Four Roses bourbons I like most.

4 years ago 0

@GBrough
GBrough commented

I will be ordering a special four roses bottling from KLwines next week.

4 years ago 0

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

Thank you all for those nice comments! That is why I like so much Connosr. Keep those inffos coming, I'll be reading you!

4 years ago 0

@GBrough
GBrough commented

I have been busy with school, I have plans of reviewing Jeffersons Reserve and Ardbeg Uiggie.

4 years ago 0

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