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Four Roses 130th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon
- DISTILLER: Four Roses
- MASH BILL: 10-year-old Bourbon from the OBSV recipe | 13-year-old OBSF | 14-year-old OESV | 16-year-old OESK
- AGE: Blend of 10, 13, 14, and 16 year old bourbons
- YEAR: 2018
- PROOF: 108.3 (54.15% ABV)
- MSRP: $140.00
NOSE: Dates and Mincemeat | Cooked Green Apple | Grains | White Icing
TASTE: Dried Cherry | Toffee | Milk Chocolate | Banana | Cherry Pie | Hint of Port
FINISH: Pleasant tingle, slightly drying, warm all the way down
SHARE WITH: Bourbon fans especially, but anyone deserving of a real treat
WORTH THE PRICE: $140 is a chunk of change for most, but I’ve had nothing in its price range this year that I’d want more.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Bottle if you can get it. This year’s U.S. release is 13,140 bottles, so your chances are better than ever.
OVERALL: I can’t decide whether this release or last year’s amazing Al Young commemorative release is my favorite Four Roses bottling ever. This whiskey is all over the place: complex and playful; aromatically fruity yet brooding with dark notes; deliciously sweet and bereft of unpleasant tannin. From the nose to the finish, it’s pure delight.
During an early September media event, master distiller Brent Elliott led us through a tasting of each of the four bourbons in this mingling, followed by the finished product. What a treat to enjoy those components broken out like that.
Four Roses 130th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch Background Info
Disclaimer: Four Roses provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.