Review #1202 – Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 130th Anniversary

Review #1202 | Bourbon Review #575 – Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 130th Anniversary

The Schtick: A blend of 10yr OBSV, 13yr OBSF, 14yr OESV and 16yr OESK, this years limited edition falls on Four Roses 130th anniversary. Bottled at cask strength from a small lot of barrels, this bottle always goes fast at release, often commanding impressive secondary prices. Let’s see how it is.

Distiller: Four Roses

Bottler: Four Roses

Selection: N/A

ABV: 54.2% ABV

Age: NAS

Nose: Honey, tobacco, big clove and some rye spice. Really nice, but super on profile for 4R with their herbal spicy note. Toffee, some vanilla, nice oak component.

Taste: Thin to medium mouth feel. Toffee, honey, big powerful spice. Rye, clove, nice herbal component. Lightly minty before a significant molasses note. Musty tobacco rolls in with old oak.

Finish: Short to medium in length, clean dry finish. Little dry for me, a bit oaky and spicy with loads of clove, pepper, oak, light mintiness and some flower lavendar.

Overall: This was an interesting dram. It kinda threw me around like a bull from time to time. Overall, I liked it, but it’s a wild child in that it seems to be attacking several profiles, all over the place. The musty oaky tobacco note in the palate was absolutely delicious, though, and I think this earns good marks as a result. Not my favorite LE from them by a long shot, but I’m a fan nonetheless.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

10 Most Recent Four Roses Expressions I Have Reviewed:



1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


  1. Dean

    Nice review. Wish I could get a pour. These get insanely expensive by me if you can find it. Sounds good but doesn’t seem worth the outlandish secondary prices. Thanks for the review.

    1. Post

      Yeah, I don’t think this is a retail buy for me, let alone a secondary buy. Much better stuff out there. Thanks for reading!

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