Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon

Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon, 40% (Abv)/80 Proof, $17-20

Light and fresh on the nose with Nutmeg, Rye, and Mint. Sweetness on the sniff takes the form of Marshmallow Fluff and Banana with Vanilla undertones. This bourbon remains light and lively in the mouth, with an airy dryness of Oak and Vanilla. The sweetness is minimal up front on the palette with some light maple syrup and caramel. Finishes dry with cinnamon and prickly spice notes coming through. Drink neat or in a cocktail. An excellent value for the dollar, and well made by the folks at Four Roses.

Sour Mash Manifesto Rating: 8.2 (Excellent)


  1. Joshua D. says:

    Like you, I really like the stuff Four Roses Distillery has been putting out. Almost every single barrel offering I have tried has been superb. I like to have a “house” bourbon in my living room — a whisk(e)y in a decanter next to some glasses, so I can offer someone a “drink” on everyday occasions. This has been different things at different times. Sometimes it’s Elijah Craig 12, sometimes it’s Buffalo Trace or W.L. Weller 12. You get the idea. Lately this has been Four Roses Yellow Label. As a Scotch drinker that found bourbon, one of the things I like best about Four Roses is the many flavor profiles they offer that are different than the traditional sugar/caramel bourbon profile. One thing I miss about the Yellow Label is that rye-like bite (that may be a result of a yeast) that I get from the single barrel and small batch offerings. The nose and flavor profile of Yellow Label are agreeable, I just don’t get much of a tingle on the mid-palate and the finish is shorter than I would like. What I’ve been doing lately is putting a 750 ml bottle of Yellow Label in a decanter and then putting a few ounces of small batch in with it. It gives the Yellow Label just enough bite on the palate while still being very light. I’ve been reaching for this blend as much as anything lately. Just thought I’d share with a fellow Four Roses fan.

  2. Jamie says:

    I don’t fancy it. I do agree it has a marshmallow taste but the texture and body is no marshmallow. It’s shallow and and runs like buttery pear juice. When mixed it’s just too aniseed. If the body was like a fluffy marshmallow it could be a winner to me.

  3. Iskch1 says:

    My wife loves Four Roses Yellow label. Smooth and easy sipping. Well made stuff.

  4. Scott T. says:

    I’ve been reading a lot of reviews of the Four Roses Yellow Label, and was having a difficult time deciding whether my next purchase would be this bourbon or Evan Williams Black. Went to the store today and found a handle of Yellow Label for $19.99; felt that was too good a price to pass up for such a well-reviewed bourbon, so the Evan Williams will have to wait. I just hope it lives up to my expectations.