2015 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch
Distillery – Four Roses
ABV – 54.25%
AGE – NAS but the release notes from Four Roses say the youngest bourbon is 11 Years old
Perhaps I’m bit late throwing my hat in the ring on this one, but oh well. In anticipation of this year’s release, I decided to revisit this and give it a proper review.
One of the things I really appreciate about Four Roses Bourbon is the complete transparency in their mashbill. For those of you new to this word, that means the combination of grain used to create the whiskey. The Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch releases are… a combination of different barrels all with different ages or different recipes.
The 2015 consists of a 16-year-old OBSK, a 15-year-old OESK, a 14-year-old OESK and an 11-year-old OBSV. (You can find more information about the letters in the recipes here: http://bourbonr.com/blog/ten-recipes-of-four-roses-bourbon/ ) I’m not really sure how the master distillers work to come up with the combinations of these whiskies, but this blend is phenomenal.
Nose – Even though this release doesn’t have an incredibly high ABV there is a decent dose of alcohol on the nose, but notes of leather and earth quickly overtake that. This was quickly followed by strong scents of cherries. The nose on this whiskey is incredible and as it develops it keeps delivering strong scents of vanilla. After adding a couple drops of water, the nose blossoms into strong floral scents, although that could be one of those pesky mind-worms planted by the name “Four Roses.”
Palate – The mouth on this whiskey is phenomenal. There are strong notes of butter and the mouth feel is silky. The great thing about this is the flavors that hit you right in the mouth, there’s very little searching. I got more flavors of cherries and earthy tones.
Finish – The finish is long, oh so long. The coating on the tongue stays with you for what feels like hours.
Overall, you need to try this whiskey. Finding one to buy will be damn near impossible and the price point is astronomical if you can find one. I’d say your best bet is to head to your local whiskey bar and buy a pour. I know I finished off the bottle at my local spot in Pasadena, if your bar has a bottle, I suggest you do the same.