Review #477 | /r/Bourbon Review #278 – Four Roses Private Selection: OESK (Chuck’s Pick)
The Schtick: Four Roses Private Selects are some of the best quality and value in bourbon today. This is an OESK pick from Chuck’s retailer and is just a hair under 10 years old.
Distiller: Four Roses
Bottler: Four Roses
ABV: 56.1% ABV
Age: 9 years 10 months
Source: Bottle, Purchased
Nose: Sweet cream, caramel. It’s nutty and sweet with lots of vanilla, floral notes and a heavy butterscotch presence. There’s faint cocoa notes but this leans squarely in the the sweet and caramelly/toffee/butterscotchy notes park.
Taste: Rich mouthfeel, medium thickness. Sweet caramel, sweet vanilla and a whole lot of butterscotch. There’s some light oakiness, to pair with toffee, cocoa and some nice floral notes also.
Finish: Long and sweet with surprisingly tame heat. Complex and sweet, the finish is nice and buttery. Lots of floral sweets here.
Overall: This is a good pick, and I really enjoyed it. I love the OESK profile and this will score highly. I enjoyed how much flavor there was and the sweet direction it took. The finish is really what sold me though after a really nice palate. This can’t top my favorite OESK to date, but it’s made an admirable display.
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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 | Insurpassable | No better exists