Tasted: Neat. Note this bottle has been opened for 3 months. It has had ample time to open up.
The Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2017 is composed of a 15-year-old Bourbon from Four Roses’ OESK recipe, a 13-year-old OESK, and a 12-year-old OESV. I am particularly excited about this year’s bottle as OESK is one of my favorite Four Roses recipes. Let’s find out!
Nose: The immense amount of sharp spice is what first hits you on the nose. Lot of black pepper, cinnamon, and baking spice. Once you get past the spice I get dry oak, vanilla, cocoa powder and raspberry.
Palate: The fruit really comes out on the palate with apricot and cherry up front. Then geranium, leather, and dry oak tannins. Pretty nice mouthfeel.
Finish: Medium. Well, I guess the burn is long, but it really lacks any particular flavor. If anything it is a spicy finish.
Grade: 83 – 86 (B) = Good, Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have
Yeah. Not the biggest fan of this one. It is still a good whiskey, but not having a “B” (high rye) recipe in this small batch seemed to negatively impact it.
My personal ranking of the LE small batches would be: Al Young >>> 2015>2014 (very underrated)>2013>2016>2017
Would I buy another bottle at $130+? Probably, but it wouldn’t be because I immensely enjoyed this bourbon. Truthfully, I would buy a bottle because I am a bourbon geek and love to get my hands on limited edition releases.