Review #477. Four Roses Private Selection OESK Chucks Pick

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

Recipe: OESK

Distilled: 10/16/2005

Bottled: 10/31/2005

Barreled: 9/17/2005

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.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


Decoded:

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


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