One of many heaviest hitters of bourbon season has arrived: the always-anticipated 4 Roses Restricted Version Small Batch. As is widespread with this launch, it’s filled with well-aged inventory from the 4 Roses rickhouses. The breakdown for 2021 contains 16-year-old OBSV – 13%; 14-year-old OBSQ – 6%; 12-year-old OESK – 23%; and 16-year-old OESV – the lion’s share of the mix at 58%. It’s additionally price noting that that is the best proof ever for a Restricted Version Small Batch launch.
A big group of writers tasted the discharge forward of it dropping later this month with distiller Brent Elliott by way of Zoom.
The nostril is knowledgeable closely by the upper proof, hitting the nostrils with notes of purple pepper and tanned leather-based, with notes of darkish chocolate and baked apples lingering beneath. The nostril doesn’t telegraph numerous sweetness, however the palate surprisingly delivers it — brown sugar, honey, some butterscotch, and loads of apple-heavy fruit. The end is extra seductive, hinting at a chocolate-covered cherry be aware, although it stays fairly tight on the entire and is a contact inexperienced on the fade-out. Water is an efficient transfer right here, tempering a few of the warmth however letting the sweeter components shine extra clearly and permitting the entire thing to return into higher stability, softening any lingering, punchy components.
All informed, one other strong exhibiting from 4 Roses … which you’ll in all probability want to amass by way of lottery on their web site (registration is open till September 12).
114.4 proof. 14,500 bottles produced.
A- / $150 / fourrosesbourbon.com