I love single barrel bourbon because it tends to be a higher quality bourbon as distillers hunt and peck for only the best barrels to bottle. I love Four Roses bourbon as it tends to be a higher quality bourbon because the Master Distiller Jim Rutledge is a true master of his craft and creates damn good bourbon. So it should mean that the Four Roses Single Barrel bourbon is good right? Right!
Currently I have bottlings from three different casks and all three, like every other one I’ve had, are stupendous. They have slightly different qualities, but each have that very distinct high-rye Four Roses fingerprint throughout. However, when it comes to single barrel it’s not the similarities that make them fun, it’s the differences. Seeing how you can take the exact same distillate but just by putting it in a different barrel can change the flavor so much. Some of it has to do with the location in the warehouse, but even if they’re side by side the mere fact they are in different barrels can have dramatic effects on the end product.
Four Roses Single Barrel Review
Distiller: Four Roses
Caramel with an orange hint
All aboard the caramel and brown sugar train! In addition to the engine this aroma train is carrying a great smelling cargo of citrus custard, some great oakiness, light vanilla and butterscotch with a slightly medicinal caboose.
If the nose is an American Amtrak then the palate is a European bullet train with a Caramel conductor. Some of the other passengers aboard this fantastic flavor train are toffee, cinnamon, vanilla, pepper, red licorice, cherry, citrus custard, toasted brown sugar and a thyme stowaway in the cargo hold.
A bright burst of cinnamon and pepper which quickly turns to oaky caramel corn on a med-long finish.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
A mild buttery character with a slight bite but smooth as corn silk for the most part.
I love the balanced and buttery liquid that came out of this barrel of bourbon. It’s rich in all of the flavors and aromas that make good bourbon and truly shows off the talent of Mr. Rutledge and his crew there at Four Roses. It’s one of my absolute favorite bourbons and it’s always fun to get a new bottle and see how it compares to previous ones. If you happen to be reading this while deciding to buy a bottle of Single Barrel Four Roses I encourage you to do so, but to also remember that because it is literally from a single solitary barrel that it’s very likely it will taste a bit different than what I’ve described.
Four Roses Single Barrel DN 1-2T: Last Glass Update (12-28-14)
Sipping on this last glass of Four Roses Single Barrel and looking back over my review I can only come to one conclusion… damn this is good bourbon. When it comes to the single barrel game Four Roses is the clear winner for me. Don’t get me wrong. Blanton’s is great and so is Booker’s, but they just don’t have the depth of character that I repeatedly find in these bottles.
The more I drank the more the more the rye and dark fruit notes expressed themselves and overall quality of this bottle got deeper and richer. Sometimes as a bottle gets lower it picks up more acetone and astringent qualities, but here oxygen seems to have been a help rather than a hindrance making the bottle more expressive as it drained.
With every sip of this stunning stuff I’m reminded why it’s something that is always in stock around my house.
FINAL VERDICT: Buy buy buy good heavens BUY!