This Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2014 release consists of recipes OBSK (9 years); OBSV (13 years); OESV (12 years); and OBSF (11 years). The 2013 & 2015 small batch releases recieved a lot of hype, but this 2014 never really took off. Let’s see the 2014 fairs……
Nose: Citrus. Mint. Caramel. Oak. Tobacco. Vanilla. Rye. This nose is outstanding! With a little water the nose keeps evolving, particularly in the oak and tobacco section.
Palate: Caramel. Nice amount of rich oak and milk chocolate. The chocolate is incredible. Berries. Spice. Honey. Medium mouthfeel.
Finish: Long. Oak and leather stick around. That milk chocolate from the palate is there too.
Grade: 90 – 92 (A-) = Excellent, Want to buy a case
This is the third bottle of the Four Roses Small Batch 2014 I have had the privilege of trying. When the bottle is first opened the bourbon is tight and limited in it’s full offering of flavors. I get mostly the citrus, mint, rye, and oak with the first pour. However, give this bottle some time to open up and you will be rewarded. As you get further and further down the bottle it gets better. With the previous bottle I finished, the best pour came from its last. That definitely can’t be said for other bourbons which tend to lose some characteristics as oxidation occurs. This is an unrated bourbon in my opinion, and still comes at a “reasonable” secondary market price compared to other offerings.
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