Review #1015 – Four Roses Private Selection OESV, Cox’s Spirit Shoppes & Evergreen Liquors Selection

Review #1015 | Bourbon Review #526 – Four Roses Private Selection OESV, Cox’s Spirit Shoppes & Evergreen Liquors Selection

The Schtick: I tasted this blind, and was given the review after supplying notes.

Four Roses Private Selections are currently some of my favorite single barrel, cask strength, bourbons for the $$.

Distiller: Four Roses

Bottler: Four Roses

ABV: 62.9% ABV

Age: 9 Years 3 Months

Nose: Light, effervescent. Spicy up front. Cloves, pepper, some faint honey. Orange peel, light citrus. Faint vanilla cream.

Taste: Thick mouth feel, mild heat. Definitely higher proof, but not punishing. Lots of honey, clove, toffee and some maple. That orange note is here again but it’s not punishing. Faintly earthy, but not too bad.

Finish: Short in length, but powerful and rich. Brown sugar, light cherry cola. Faintly earthy. Rich tobacco, some oak structure. Vanilla, and maple, return.

Overall: Overall, I liked this. This is definitely a moderately aged barrel proof bourbon. If I had to guess, I would say it’s likely Stagg Jr or an Elijah Craig Barrel proof batch I’ve not had. It could be a less spicy Four Roses Single Barrel, but that has a signature spice profile I can usually pick out. I’m going to guess that this is a bourbon, it is 10-12 years old, and it’s bottled around the 62% – 67% ABV mark.

Reveal: Four Roses Private Selection, Cox’s Spirit Shoppes & Evergreen Liquors 9yr3mo Selection. dang! I should have gone with that nagging voice that suggested 4R, that I batted down. Overall, this was really enjoyable. Complex, drank well for the proof. Definitely more complex than the age would imply too. I love blinds, and this was a real treat!

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7

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