Tour de Bourbon Day 17: Four Roses Single Barrel

Day 17 bears witness to the return of Four Roses, in the form of the Four Roses Single Barrel, a “Straight Bourbon Whiskey” that’s 50% alcohol. 2015-12-18 Four Roses Single Barrel

Four Roses Single Barrel

My first note says “Strong!” There are not a lot of other notes. This whiskey starts out strong and finishes that way, too. It pretty much vaporizes on the tongue and burns going down. In a good way, I should add. There’s not a lot of subtlety to this one, but it’s very nice, and quite sippable. It doesn’t have the honey smoothness that my favorites do, but it’s a quite pleasant bourbon. There’s a hint of something in the smell and taste that I can’t quite put a name to – a pleasant spicy wood quality.

The Web site claims that the flavor has “Hints of ripe plum & cherries…” and I can’t say I got that. They do agree with me that there are spicy and woody qualities to the nose, so I guess I got that right.

Two stars. The Single Barrel outdoes the undifferentiated version, but still doesn’t break into the top set.

The updated rankings:

  1. Blanton’s Gold Edition
  2. Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7
  3. Noah’s Mill
  4. Bulleit
  5. Elijah Craig
  6. Evan Williams
  7. Four Roses Single Barrel
  8. FEW
  9. Booker’s 7 Year
  10. Jefferson’s
  11. Four Roses
  12. Michter’s
  13. Eagle Rare
  14. 1792 Ridgemont Reserve
  15. Roughstock Montana
  16. Old Forester
  17. Smooth Ambler Contradiction

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