Four Roses Small Batch

"This bourbon is indeed very mellow, however, it does possess a reasonable complexity both in the nose and the palate, probably one of the best around for this price"

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Next to the single barrel releases, this is continuously released in, you might have guessed, small batch. In this cases, this really means small batches, with selections made from four “original and limited” bourbon recipes. This release is characterised by the company as mellow, smooth and sweet. It very fairly priced, by the way.

Nose

This is indeed soft like melting butter, very buttery, along with toffee, counterbalanced by the spiciness of a little bit of ginger. There is also a hint of soft liquorice. A few drops of water bring out more floral notes, in particular roses and lilies, and some raspberry sauce. Also a more earthy side with notes of roots.

Taste

Very smooth and fruity, I get in particular cherries, and loads of toffee. Mixed up with hints of cardamon, a softer side of ginger, and some lovely rose jam. Some drops of water give more roses, some notes of sour fruits, like sour cherries, pickles, and again roots. The aftertaste is medium long with more caramel and ginger.

Overall

This bourbon is indeed very mellow, however, it does possess a reasonable complexity both in the nose and the palate. Also completely different from the Singel Barrel releases (I reviewed one of those some time ago), which is much expressive and sharper. I would say that this might be a perfect introduction for someone who comes from smooth single malts or blended Scotch and wants to start a journey into the American spiritual world. Probably one of the best around for this price.

What others say

Whiskybase: 79.98 (66 votes) * Serge Valentin @Whiskyfun: 80/100 * @ScotchNoob: Recommended * @TheWhiskeyJug: 87/100 * @BreakingBourbon: 3/5
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
55%
Peat/smoke
2%
Nose 84%
Taste 85%
Balance 85.5%
Depth 84%
Finish 85%
Score