Tour de Bourbon Day 22: Four Roses Small Batch

Wow, it’s been a long time. Sorry. 2015-12-27 Four Roses Small Batch

Day 22 is Four Roses Small Batch, a “Straight Bourbon Whiskey” that’s 45% alcohol.

This is the third appearance of a Four Roses bourbon, so I have something to base my expectations on. The basic Four Roses is in the middle of the pack, and the Single Barrel is in the top third.

There’s not a lot in the nose for this one. It smells, well, clean, with some hints of apple. In the mouth, I get corn and some bitterness, with a bitter aftertaste. There’s little to no burn going down.

This is a reasonable bourbon, but not particularly distinctive or remarkable. I’m not sure what’s up with the “small batch” as this one feels like a well-executed standard. I guess I wanted something to stand out, and this one really doesn’t. It seems mass-produced and ordinary. Sorry, Four Roses fans.

Two stars.

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. Jefferson’s Reserve
  8. Four Roses Single Barrel
  9. Four Roses Small Batch
  10. FEW
  11. Booker’s 7 Year
  12. Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004
  13. Jefferson’s
  14. Four Roses
  15. Smooth Ambler Old Scout 9 Year Old Bourbon (Cask 1868) Single Barrel Release
  16. Michter’s
  17. Eagle Rare
  18. 1792 Ridgemont Reserve
  19. Roughstock Montana
  20. Hudson Baby Bourbon
  21. Old Forester
  22. Smooth Ambler Contradiction

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