Bourbon Review: Four Roses Small Batch
Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon Review
This is not the Limited Edition. This is the regular Four Roses Small Batch. I spend a lot of time on the blog talking about different rare and limited editions but I save most of those bottles for special occasions. What about the daily drinker? What about the bourbons that you don’t have to wait 4 hours in line for? Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is one of my favorites and I can walk in to almost any liquor store across the country and find a bottle. Plus, it is a steal at $25.
Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller, is doing a lot of great things at the Four Roses Distillery. He crafts the Small Batch using a mixture of four of Four Roses Distillery’s ten recipes, OBSO, OBSK, OESO and OESK. They do not release the age on the Small Batch. It is 90 proof which I believe is perfect for regular sipping.
By blending the four different recipes we are left with a wonderfully complex bourbon. To me, complex always seems like a cop out word. Like something we say to make people think we are sophisticated and know what we’re talking about. As someone that just likes to drink bourbon I never want these reviews to come off as pretentious. What I mean by complex is there is a lot of different flavors. I can sip a glass of Four Roses Small Batch for an hour just pinpointing and noticing different and new flavors. I would attribute this to two different strands of yeast in the same bottle.
Color: Golden. A little lighter than amber
Nose: A lot of sweet vanilla with a little spice and citrus notes. From the nose I don’t notice the high rye recipe.
Taste: The higher rye content definitely comes out in the taste. Sweet, Burnt sugar, peppery spice, mint, candied ginger, small amount of woody or oaky taste
Finish: A very smooth finish with a lot of rye notes (mint, ginger, spice)
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