- Brand: Gooderham & Worts
- ABV: 45%
- Batch: 4
This bottle was a delightful surprise from @paddockjudge. I don't know too much about it, except what I gleaned from @newreverie's review of this. He mentioned that it was produced around 2011 and is a blending of only 10 barrels. I believe it was bottled by McCormick's distillery and available only in the US. This one is Bottle No. 27510. If @paddockjudge or @newreverie have more info to import, I hope that they do!
The colour is a medium gold. On the nose there is a lot of honey, vanilla and light caramel. Beyond those dominant notes, this is very floral, herbal and grassy - with a "fresh rainfall" quality I can't quite put my finger on. Not as much rye as either of the 1832 Decanters I reviewed, but a bit of that rye spice is still there. Dark chocolate. Candy floss. Star anise. Pralines. Even more floral and herbal with water. Very complex with a lot going on, but a touch on the sweet side for me.
On the palate the sweetness is tempered by peppery spice and toasted oak. Lighter honey and caramel, with more vanilla and marzipan. Milk chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly spicier, and a little malty, with water. Quite delicious and a real pleasure to drink.
The long finish is sweet and buttery with mild spices. This is very tasty stuff, though slightly on the sweet side for me. But the notes are similar to the 1832 Decanters - especially the 1950. That particular bottle leans on the honey and caramel notes very similarly to this Small Batch #4. As nice as it is, it doesn't quite compare to the 1948 decanter, which has perfect balance between all the elements. Funny, even though it's designed to be like them, the current Gooderham & Worts Four Grain isn't really like any of these three at all.