Review #478. Four Roses Private Selection OBSK Norfolk Wines and Spirits

Review #478 | /r/Bourbon Review #279 – Four Roses Private Selection OBSK (Norfolk Wines and Spirits)

The Schtick: Four Roses Private Selects are arguably the best value in bourbon. Producing 10 different recipes regularly bottles at cask strength, plenty of variety is available to even the average consumer.


Distiller: Four Roses

Bottler: Four Roses

ABV: 58% ABV

Age: 9 Years, 2 Months

Mashbill: OBSK

Source: Bottle, Purchased


Nose: Vanilla, butter cream, caramel, toffee and a hint of oak. Almost sweet / savory combo of notes.

Taste: Medium oakiness, with a mildly rich mouthfeel. Middle of the road I’d say. Sweet caramel, bitter floral notes and some cocoa. Really leans towards the peppery, cocoa, oaky, bitter side of the spectrum.

Finish: Medium in length but some really fierce heat. There’s some brief sweetness in the form of vanilla and caramel, but the oaky peppery cocoa and tannins dominate.

Overall: It’s not bad, but it’s a bit too tannic, oaky, and bitter for me to really sing its praises. It’s just fine.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


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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