Sep 29, 2014

Four Roses Single Barrel...

Four Roses Single Barrel (50.0%): Another sample from last week's bourbon/rye tasting. It is the single barrel expression of Four Roses. The casks are hand selected by Jim Rutledge and bottled at 100 proof. For Four Roses geeks it comes from Warehouse No: JE and Barrel No: 2 - 6C. Color: Dark amber with an orange hue. Nose: Pretty muted with some metallic aromas first. Sigg bottle, old leather boots and raisins. After letting it air a few minutes the nose starts to open up with maple syrup and cherry chocolate cake aromas. Adding water helps even more: Beef stew, cooked vegetables and polished hardwood furniture. Palate: Cloves, cinnamon and cooked prunes. Brown muscovado sugar and crushed red pepper.  Dry... It gets incredibly easy to drink but also (more) oaky and a little thinner after adding a few drops of water but still a lot going on there: Dandelion leaves, bitter greens, Belgian endives, orange zest jam and dried cranberries Finish: Powdered ginger, black pepper and Greek baklava syrup with cinnamon. Overall: Almost like a definition of high rye bourbon... Big, spicy and dry. Never disappoints... Another great value bourbon at its price range in 40's. I think last time I had a bottle was one of the 2011 releases. I remember that I liked it so much and realized only after I killed the bottle that I didn't save any sample for writing a review of. Great juice...