Review: Four Roses Private Selection Single Barrel (OBSK) Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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11 years, 4 months; Virgin Charred Oak
60% Corn, 35% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
Distiller Four Roses (Lawrenceburg, Kentucky)

These single barrels - bottled straight from the cask from a particular recipe - are terrific. It is a phenomenal demonstration of the effect of yeast on flavor development. They used to be easier to find, and cheaper, but they have gone the way of high quality bourbon - not as easy these days. This barrel was selected by Jim Rutledge for the distillery store.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: Warehouse D (North), Rick 31, 1st level, Barrel M

  • Bottling Code: 42 21 181 13 00:47

  • Bottling Date: 2015

Oaky, spicy. Cumin, vanilla, rich corn, sharp spice...caramel, paint thinner, cherry. Quite elegant. Spicy on the palate – this feels, at its heart, to be a characteristic bourbon of Four Roses. Cherry, oaky, nutty – delivate, and yet spicy. Loads of spices, and very complex. The finish is full of corn, rich oak, sharp cherry, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, marshy oak, and tannin.  A magnificent bourbon!

Exceptional (3% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date receive this, my highest recommendation).

Value: Very High. (based on $53)