Four Roses Single Barrel Barrel Strength Two-For
I previously reviewed the 100 proof, "standard" bottle of Four Roses Single Barrel (Warehouse US; barrel 41-IN) which is widely available and reasonably priced at $45. It is delicious.
We are fortunate to have two more bottles of Four Roses Single Barrel (Barrel Strength, this time) to review. Bottle #1 (selected by master distiller Jim Rutledge for the FR gift shop) features mash bill/yeast strain OBSO and is 111.6 proof. Bottle #2 (selected by Unlimited Spirits liquor store) features mash bill/yeast strain OBSV and is 107.8 proof.
Four Roses Single Barrel, Barrel Strength (Warehouse QS, Barrel 60-2L)
9 years, 10 months old
$59 at Four Roses Gift Shop
Color: Deep amber, crimson shine.
Nose: Caramel, red licorice, honeycomb, cherries.
Tasting notes: Rye spice up front, which develops into a Red Hot cinnamon candy bite, brown sugar, dark fruits, oak. Full, chewy mouth feel, and nice long, delicious finish.
11 years, 11 months old
$59 at Unlimited Spirits in Lexington, KY
Color: Same deep amber, same crimson shine.
Nose: Caramel, cinnamon, brown sugar, fresh lemon zest, green apples, light oak.
Tasting notes: Upon first sip, the older, slighter lower proof whiskey has the similar rye spiciness; mid-sip are velvety maple syrup, cinnamon candy, brown sugar and oak notes; the finish is long and mellow.
Overall: B+. Four Roses Single Barrel delivers a spicy, syrupy punch. The nose is delicious and the flavor profile is a balance of deep, hot spice, and dark sweet fruit. It is worth every penny.