Four Roses Single Barrel JE 1-2M Review

Four Roses Single Barrel JE 1-2M Review

Four Roses Single Barrel JE 1-2M is another great pick by the folks at Nasa Liquor in Houston, Texas. Picked from a single barrel of OBSV Four Roses whiskey – aged for 8 years and 9 months – this whiskey is a lovely sweet and spicy bourbon. Like its sibling, it embodies that brilliantly balanced complex character that Four Roses has become so well known for.

This Four Roses Single Barrel was of course distilled and barreled under the supervision and direction of the famous Jim Rutledge who left Four Roses in 2015. This departure means that in about 7-8 years you’ll see a lot of people talking about how their singe barrel was distilled by / under Jim and we won’t get a true taste of what the new guy, Brent Elliott, brings to the table. Which, If he’s smart we won’t notice a difference because he won’t change a thing. He’ll adopt the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality because Four Roses definitely ain’t broke.

Four Roses Single Barrel JE 1-2M Info

Region: Kentucky, USA

Distiller: Four Roses
Mashbill: OBSV (60% Corn, 35% Rye, 5% Malted Barley)
Cask: New Charred Oak
Age: 8 Years and 9 Months
ABV: 59.7%

Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Warehouse: JE
Barrel: 1-2M

Price: $65

Four Roses Single Barrel JE 1-2M Review


Dark fruit, oak, spice, blackberry taffy, waxy licorice, brittle, copper and light bits of banana and molasses. Sweet and spicy, who could ask for more?

Oak, cinnamon heavy spice, dark fruit, toffee, roasty notes, orange peels, nutmeg, chili pepper infused cocoa and a touch of mint. Sweet, spicy, robust and complex…. seriously what more could you ask for?

Long and oaky with layers of cherries, cinnamon, leather and vanilla sweetness.

Nicely balanced with a round body and a full have feel.

Four Roses Single Barrel JE 1-2M is a full spicy bourbon that balances on the precipice of a sweet ledge. It’s a Grade A (A- technically) specimen of why Four Roses Single Barrels are so heavily sought after these days. It’s a brilliant whiskey and it gets even better with water.

A splash opens it up and shows off even more oak and spice while simultaneously bolstering the sweet notes giving a complex rustic character. It’s quite a nice pick; I’m elated I got one and get to drink it all the time… at least until it’s gone that is.

SCORE: 91/100 (A-)

Four Roses Single Barrel JE 1-2M Review - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 91
  • Palate - 91
  • Finish - 91
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 91


Four Roses Single Barrel JE 1-2M is as tasty as you please

Four Roses Single Barrel JE 1-2M Label

Josh Peters

Josh Peters

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2 Responses to Four Roses Single Barrel JE 1-2M Review

  1. This is only my second single barrel whiskey and I gotta say, it adds something to the whole whiskey exploring experience. I am hooked on the Four Roses products. They are just great all up and down the product line. I hope I can always have a bottle of this on my bourbon shelf. So far, it has been easy to find. Hope it stays that way. This is an amazing bourbon.

  2. In a line a great bourbons, this OBSQ single barrel private selection from NASA is one of the best Four Roses barrels I’ve come across. I love the sweeter profile. I’m comparing it head-up to a local OESF that’s exactly 3 years longer aged and selected by a local place – the local is good, too, but the younger NASA pick has a thicker, richer mouthfeel to me. It’s surprising given the younger age.

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