Review: Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2014 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

9-13 Years; Charred Virgin Oak
Distiller Four Roses (Lawrenceburg, Kentucky)

This whisky is a blend of a few different Four Roses bourbons: a 9 year old OBSK, a 13 year old OBSV, a 12 year OESV, and an 11 year OBSF.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: 2014

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Nosed blind, I might confuse this for a better bourbon-influenced Canadian whisky than a bourbon. Amidst a cask strength bourbon flight, my first thought was – is this Canadian? Must be those Seagram roots…

Very complex. Lightly fruity, with grape, raisin, cherry streusel, hibiscus, clove and nutmeg, and the lightest of tannins. If you look for it, some terrific rye as well. Also, not overly oaky though it comes out as it sits. Sweet on the palate, with a lot of grape and raisin, and the corn coming through in a very cherry-led fashion. Popcorn, and berry herbal teas. The corn goes dry, like dry corn stalks, toward the end.

Dries out with a bit of oak and tannin. The finish has dried corn, dried cherry, apple sauce, and nutmeg. Terrific stuff. What four roses does in blending their various mashbills lends to some terrific complexity.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low (based on a price of $140)