Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, 45% abv(90 Proof), $28/bottle
I really enjoy Four Roses’ products. From a style perspective they totally do their own thing, focusing on a unique process of two grain recipes and five strains of yeast, yielding 10 distinct bourbons that may be batched (in the case of this product) in a myriad of ways. This gives Four Roses an immense amount of flexibility to craft bourbons with varied levels of spice and fruitiness. It’s this style that I find so different and refreshing. Take this Four Roses Small Batch for example. This bourbon’s nose is fresh and vibrant with honeyed spice, anise/licorice, apple and berry fruit. A great nose for this strangling summer heat. The sip reveals subtle sweetness of burned sugar, honey, then some barrel, citrus, and layers of spice and vanilla. The finish is nice and clean with some sweet spice remaining. Its versatility lends itself amazingly well to cocktails in addition to neat sipping. Give it a try!
Sour Mash Manifesto Rating: 8.4 (Excellent)