Our third single barrel Four Roses review in as many years (see 2008, 2009 here), Four Roses is commemorating its 100th year of operation with this release. Congrats, but we’re the real winners here. With this heady, 110-proof (est.) bourbon, expect a deeper and more sultry Four Roses than you might be accustomed to.
Crafted from recipe OESQ (less rye recipe) and aged 17 years (last year’s version was just 11 years old), spices like nutmeg and cloves are intense on the nose. The body is silky brown sugar, braced by intense oak wood, with raisin character in the finish. Intense, to be sure, yet enjoyable even without water. Fans of old bourbons like the Van Winkle collection will find this one to be a keeper — and a veritable bargain — if they can find a bottle.
2300 bottles to be released.
A / $100 / fourrosesbourbon.com