Review No.43. Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

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

Score: 3.75

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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