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Four Roses Small Batch 2014

The Bitter End

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

19th Aug 2015


Four Roses Small Batch 2014
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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This is the cask strength limited edition of 2014. Contains bourbons of the age of 11, 12 and 13 years. Majority of 2014 version has the 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley recipe, which is their "high rye" recipe.

I really liked the bitterness at the end, so I came up with movie reference called The Bitter nd.

Nose: Sharp and sweet with corn dominating. Dark sugars and a very short breeze of smoke. The corn has a little bit of honey feel. Corn is strong but I think that the rye makes powerful sharpness.

Taste: Caramel, dark sugar and some nice maple syrup. Very full and sweet. Sweet vanilla starts dominating with hints of spices fighting for space with the sweet spots.

Finish: Bitter finish with some dry peppery notes. Feels like rye making it that way. Mint and oak are present as well. Amazingly fast for cask strength, but it still is long enough for me.

Balance: Funny how smooth this manages to be while thinking about the alcohol per volume level. Good bourbon! in balance.

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Rantavahti commented

Nice to hear @newreverie, this 2014 surely is a beauty. Nice mix of powerful notes in a smooth palate.

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