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)

Four Roses
111.6 proof
Batch OBSO
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.


Four Roses Single Barrel, Barrel Strength (Warehouse ME, Barrel 2-IP)

Four Roses
107.8 proof
Batch OBSV
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.