Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is another fine offering from Four Roses following the tradition of handcrafted goodness since 1888. It has won a collection of awards that would make Chesty Puller feel right at home. And why is that? Well let’s find out!
My review is for a bottle taken from barrel 8-1R from Warehouse RN.
To find out more about Four Roses Single Barrel and their other offerings, please visit their website: http://fourrosesbourbon.com/bourbon/single-barrel/.
AGE: NAS (9-11 years)
SERVED: Neat / Glencairn Glass
COLOR: Light Amber with a touch of orange.
Coats the glass thin but distinctly, forming long thin legs and then beads up.
NOSE: The nose is gentle yet pleasantly full of song. Caramels and vanilla mix with brown sugar and citrus. Dancing with them comes a kiss of oak, some dried raisins, and a pinch of spice. And call me crazy, but I am getting some dill pickle.
PALATE: Smooth and slightly oily. Vanilla and caramel are mixed with brown sugar and spices. Citrus and over ripe peaches blend with a bit of honey and mild oak (not bitter) quickly follow.
FINISH: Medium to long finish with mild heat that slowly fades away. Spices and cinnamon linger and are replaced by cherry, peaches, vanilla, and pleasant oak. Then as it all fades away you are left with a kiss of vanilla and honey.
OVERVIEW: This is a very nice pour. Sweet and spicy, but you are left with a soft sweetness that lingers and keeps you company between sips. It is well deserving of the accolades bestowed upon it. I am hard pressed to find fault, but might like a bit more heat (no surprise there, right?). It is true quality and worth every penny paid. A well earned tip of the hat, and cheers to the folks at Four Roses. If you don’t have a bottle of it already, by all means get one.