Four Roses Bourbon Pursuit & Keg N Bottle Single Barrel (57.8%): Another collaboration from good people of Bourbon Pursuit and Keg N Bottle. This time it is a 9 years 7 months old Four Roses. It is distilled from a OESF recipe on March 3rd, 2009, barreled on March 11th, 2009 and bottled on November 7th, 2018. For nerds of a higher level the barrel carried the address of Warehouse KE, barrel no: 44-2J.
Color: Rich copper with barely moving persistent thin legs.
Nose: Machine oil, cinnamon sticks and metal flask. Dates, copper pennies and ground cloves. Adding water shifts it to a more earthy and herbal place. Dandelion leaves, black gardening soil and sage. This is quite a beautiful nose...
Palate: Very hot entry at full proof but still tasty: Caramel brittles, almonds and chamomile tea. A few drops of water opens it up nicely. Less herbal more spicy now: Dill, brown baking sugar and pumpkin pie. Milk chocolate and raisins.
Finish: Forever... A mix of baking spices, carrot cake and honey roasted peanuts.
Overall: I couldn't expect more from a Four Roses barrel pick. This is truly a marvelous bourbon. Although generally I am not so fond of high corn mash bills OE (75% corn, 20% rye, 5% barley) recipes of Four Roses always get me. I think it is something special about that 20% rye balancing the rest just beautifully. Now I wish that I had a second bottle but it's too late. Kudos to those who selected this barrel.