Tasted: In a glencairn glass
The 2016 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch includes a blend of a 12-year-old OESO recipe, a 12-year-old OBSV and a 16-year-old OESK. It is the first time in more than seven years that the OESO recipe has appeared in a Limited Edition Small Batch. Below is a brief description of what each recipe provides.
OESO – Fruity (Red Berries), Medium Body
OBSV – Delicate Fruity (Pear, Apricot), Spicy, Creamy
OESK – Spicy, Full Body
I purchased this particular bottle at the Four Roses gift shop the first official day it was released. So this bottle has had a couple of months now to breath and open up. Lets see how she fairs…..
Nose: Cherry. Green apple. Honey. Caramel. Oak. Baking spice. There is some extra dryness to this nose as well.
Palate: Boom! Big rush of fruit when it hits the tongue. That green apple and cherry are still present. Toffee. Oak. Pretty nice thick mouth fell on the palate.
Finish: Medium to long with some dryness. Green apple. Oak. Honey. Mint. Oak for sure stays with you for a while.
The new 2016 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch is a great bottle. Although, I don’t think it competes with the 2013 or 2015 expressions. I think a more comparable expression is the 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch. In my opinion, the 2014 is a terrific cherry bomb, but falls apart in it’s roundness and integration of the various recipes on the back palate. I find the same with the 2016 expression. I’m not saying the recipe integration is a hot mess or anything. This is still a great pour. It just doesn’t quite live up to the 2015. Cheers!
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