Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Four Roses 2013 Limited Edition Single Barrel
Four Roses does two special releases each year, a single barrel in the spring and a small batch in the fall. This year's single barrel is 13 years old and from the OBSK recipe, which uses the higher rye mashbill of 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% barley. As it is a cask stength, single barrel release, each barrel has a different proof.
Four Roses 2013 Limited Edition Single Barrel, Barrel 3-3J, 60% abv ($90)
The nose has everything, candy, oak, rye spice, the whole package. The palate has honey with plenty of rye spice, coffee, chocolate. The spice grows through the palate and the finish is rye and barrel. It's pretty hot, so water is a good idea, and brings out some deeper spicy notes, tobacco and brown sugar. This is a nice, complex bourbon.
While many American premium bourbons seem to be declining in recent years, Four Roses just gets better and better. This bourbon is definitely one of the better Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrels that I've had. Whatever they're doing, they're doing it right.