This Four Roses Small Batch sits in the middle of the Four Roses core range which consists of the Yellow Label and the Single Barrel on either side. I have reviewed the Single Barrel but I felt I probably went into it too soon on my journey and am keen to try it again ow that I am more accustomed to higher strength whiskies. At 45% and regularly found at Mark & Spencer in the UK at a reasonable price, I probably should have started with the small batch.
Whisky: Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45% vol.
Nose: Bakery, pastries, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, fruity
Taste: Orange, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee fudge, fruity, oak
Finish: Cinnamon and oak
Summary: Four Roses Small Batch is an easy drinking bourbon. It has all the standard bourbon characteristics and delivers them well thanks to the 45% volume. There is a generic fruity flavour to this which I can’t quite pin down, it is followed by some spiciness at the tail end which gives it a nice little kick. This is a well balanced bourbon in my opinion, no particular flavour sticks out which makes it a good all rounder and at the price it normally retails for (£27) I think it delivers great value for money. I would pick Eagle Rare 10 or Elijah Craig 12 ahead of this, but given that it is getting more difficult to get hold of Elijah Craig 12 I resort to Four Roses Small Batch as my backup.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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