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Though not a fan of the standard Four Roses, I thought I would give the Small Batch a try. It looks good, a reddish golden colour, with a good body and solid legs in the glass. A sniff demonstrates that bourbon-y vanilla, oak and spice, but this one is more citrusy - some strong lemon notes that I don't often find in bourbons. Zing on the palate - much more spice in the mouth, nutmeg, maybe a little too much. Much more lemon as well. Not particularly complex, it is like a bunch of flavours fighting each other. Creamy mouthfeel. A little water brings out more oakiness in the nose, and softens the hot spice in the mouth, so that is welcome. Finish is long and a little ashen. Definitely a step up from the standard Four Roses bourbon (which I don't like) but this doesn't go all the way for me, it doesn't taste very balanced and the spice is left to flail around in the mouth a little too much. Though not a huge fan, I've heard good things about the Single Barrel, which I'm eager to try.