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Drink Review : Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

A terrific small-batch bourbon from Four Roses – and in this case, Small Batch means just that – only four casks are used in the construction of each release. Sweet and spicy, with a generous dash of vanilla, this is a treat.

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon Review:

A tough decision really; Four Roses Small Batch can be consumed neat or on the rocks. Its very close to perfection, but its somehow floaty, not fully developed. While the other incarnations of this are of top-notch quality; this one is a little underwhelming. Small Batch, although very tasty, is nowhere near that of their traditional offerings. I recommend some triple-distilled whiskies over this as they can provide a far richer and more distinctive experience.

Palate : fresh and tangy; honey, orange peel, vanilla and spice round out this pleasant offering.

Very nice-like.

The nose is of the intense oaky kind, bold and spicy, like a good aged bourbon nose should be. Honey, orange peel and spice introduce themselves rather wonderfully at the end of the journey, providing a dynamic contrast to the oak. Incredibly smooth, like sipping a cup of semi-sweet chocolate lava cake, with a hint of smoke. Not quite as rich as their traditional offerings, but this is delicious nonetheless.

The initial sip is very smooth and soft, with honey and orange peel coming in at the end of the journey. This delightful spirit is unctuous and light-bodied, making it a joy to drink neat on its own – or on ice for that matter. The finish is dry and spicy, conjuring images of dark bourbon, tequila and good old winter fires. There is a nice medicinal kick adding to the flavour.

In short, this is a really nice bourbon, offering a less intense flavor than the rest. Plus it goes well with a wide variety of drinks, making it a versatile spirit for any occasion.

A whisky with a little bite to it.A bit different, very nice.

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon Review:

Drink this bourbon neat. This is a really nice bourbon, offering a less intense flavor than the rest. Plus it goes well with a wide variety of drinks, making it a versatile spirit for any occasion. I recommend this bourbon on its own or ice. Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is for an experienced bourbon drinker

A terrific small-batch bourbon from Four Roses – and in this case, Small Batch means just that – only four casks are used in the construction of each release. Sweet and spicy, with a generous dash of vanilla, this is a treat.

Superb, rich and bold, this bourbon is a powerhouse that punches above its weight with a wonderful product that’s made to impress.

This is for the sophisticated whiskey drinker who wants to savour this Kentucky classic without flaws, flaws that can easily be found in small batch or limited offerings.

Four Roses Single Barrel Small Batch Bourbon Review:

It isn’t life-changing, but it is a pretty good bourbon. It’s refreshing, simple and uncomplicated, but it’s very good. By far one of the best small-batch bourbons I’ve ever tasted. Once you’ve tasted this, you’re unlikely to go back to the other small-batch drivel.

This is an excellent whiskey, especially if you like your bourbon sweet and spicy. It achieves this very well.

Pure simplicity at its best. Very nice, simple and rather subtle sweetness that makes it a little more enjoyable than some might expect.

Quite possibly my favorite small-batch bourbon of all time. Sweet, spicy and subtle all at the same time, it also has a wonderful almost menthol-like warmth that wraps around the viscosity. Simply delicious.

This whiskey has a charm that only the very best bourbons seem to have. It has the special something that I can’t quite define. It’s that certain something that draws me back to it time after time. Four Roses Single Barrel Small Batch smells and tastes like sun-ripened fruit, fresh and sweet. And then it just keeps going on. It tastes like earth and then it’s back on the fruit. It is just an amazing bourbon.

Written by Mark Adams

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