Review #521. Four Roses Private Selection OESK The Wine and Cheese Place

Review #521 | /r/Bourbon Review #298 – Four Roses Private Selection OESK, The Wine and Cheese Pick (2017)

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: 58.3% ABV

Age: 8 Years, 10 Months

Pick: The Wine and Cheese Place, Missouri

Recipe: OESK

Barrel: QS-51-3T

Source: Bottle, Purchased


Nose: Floral, oaky, caramel. Toffee, some ethanol, cloves and a bit of spice

Taste: Rich, thick, some heat. Sweet, rich oaky caramel. Pepper, tobacco, less fruity and surprisingly more spicy

Finish: Long and mild for the proof, filled with cocoa, tobacco, caramel and oak

Overall: I like this but it’s a bit dry/oaky/peppery for my tastes. Typically OESK doesn’t taste this oaky, especially at this age, but the bitterness and tannins were almost overpowering. I’m going to chalk this up to an outlier – it was still good but it doesn’t approach the ceiling of some really phenomenal OESK picks that I’ve purchased in the past.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


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 | Perfect | Perfect


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