Review #346 – Four Roses Elliots Select 2016 Single Barrel Limited Edition

Review #346 – Four Roses 2016 Single Barrel Limited Edition – Elliot’s Select

Whiskey Network Review #346 | /r/Bourbon Review #191 – Four Roses 2016 Single Barrel Limited Edition – Elliot’s Select, 110.2pf | 55.1% ABV

Recently, a monster storm rolled in. I took off early from work in the afternoon to be home and enjoy the falling snow and decided it was the perfect afternoon to uncork some of the bigger guns I’ve been meaning to review. Snowed in, nowhere to have to go…it was the perfect recipe. Let’s dive in!

Snow Day Series: Dram 1 – Elliot’s Select

Distiller: Four Roses

Recipe: OESK

Warehouse: ON

Barrel: 53-2B

Age: 16yrs

ABV: 110.2pf | 55.1% ABV

Release: 2016

Source: /r/scotchswap sample

Nose: Woody, oaky, floral and funky. Loads of vanilla, some caramel. Oddly fruity. It’s like a lot of other OESK’s I’ve had – but the introduction of heavier oak is really curious.

Taste: Thick mouthfeel. Pretty rich. Caramel bomb with some oaky backbone. Good heat for the proof. Very floral with some of those fruity undertones as well.

Finish: Long, spicy and floral.

Overall: This is really good. It affirms my love of the OESK recipe but…it’s not as good as some other’s I’ve had. This is a refreshing sentiment that shows that age is not the end all, but rather part of the puzzle. The oak was nice but a little heavyhanded and the more delicate floral nuance of the OESK recipe didn’t seem to integrate as well as I would have liked. That being said, it was delicious and I enjoyed sampling it very much. I’ll give this a Rank 7.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7

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