Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon Review

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon, 50% abv (100 Proof), $32/bottle

Color: Deep Amber/Gold

Nose: Mint, anise, coconut, spiced honey, vanilla, chili, red berry fruits, cigar box, and cedar.

Palate: Nicely structured and almost tight (in a good way). Mint, clove, nutmeg, licorice, barrel char, and eucalyptus are all wrapped around a sweet core of crushed pineapple, red berries, honey, and vanilla fudge. This nice core of sweetness anchors the spice notes well. Elegant, full of finesse, and clearly well crafted.

Finish: Long and lingering mint, nutmeg, clove, fruitiness, honey, and dry oak. Very vibrant!

Overall:I have such admiration for Jim Rutledge and Four Roses. They make elegant, sophisticated bourbons that are so well balanced. The Single Barrel is one of my favorites out there. For the money it provides extremely good value. It’s a truly unique whiskey that begs to be drunk neat and savored slowly so you can appreciate all the nuances it brings to the party. Highly recommended!

Sour Mash Manifesto Rating: 9.1 (Superb/Outstanding)

Four Roses Small Batch

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)

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)