Bourbon Review: Four Roses Small Batch
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It’s been a while since I have posted a new review. I also noticed my bottle of Four Roses Small Batch was almost empty, and figured I should get a review in before I killed the bottle.
Date Reviewed: October 19, 2019
Atmosphere: in a Glencairn glass, neat @ home. Saturday night, kids are in bed, just finished watching the Winnipeg Jets beat the Edmonton Oilers in a shootout!
Distillery: Four Roses
Mash: Four Roses has 2 Mashbills:
#1: 75% Corn, 20% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
#2: 60% Corn, 35% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
Age: No Age Statement
Price I Paid: $45.00 Canadian
Appearance: Gold/Caramel, but very light and looks almost watered down
Nose: Very light hints of sugar and ethanol, but nothing stands out. After a few swirls, a bit woody and spicy, but all very faint.
Palate: 90% of what comes through is wood/oak, which probably doesn’t sound great, but it’s not terrible…it’s just fine. Second sip a bit more sweet and spicy notes come through, but again the wood is by far the most dominant characteristic.
Finish: Long on the tongue, but little to no burn. The wood flavour remains for quite some time.
Conclusions: The most honest thing I can say, is “it’s just fine”. A bottle I’d gladly stock in my home bar, but would most likely be using it in cocktails, instead of a daily sipper. That said, it is fine on it’s own and not overly expensive. Still, for 45.00 there are better bottles to be had.
Overall Score: 65/100