Review #524 | /r/Bourbon Review #300 – Four Roses 2017 Small Batch Limited Edition
The Schtick: This is an annual Limited Edition release from Four Roses. It usually features a blend of several mashbills of significantly older provenance compared to both the original Small Batch and a variety of Private Selection bottlings. The 2017 vintage features a combination of 15yr OESK, 13yr OESK and 12yr OESV.
Distiller: Four Roses
Bottler: Four Roses
ABV: 53.65% ABV
Age: NAS (Blend)
Nose: Honey, caramel, rich vanilla, sweet molasses and faint clove.
Taste: Medium mouthfeel, a bit of heat. Oaky, caramel and cocoa. Pepper is big here too, with some vanilla. Really quite dry.
Finish: Medium length, dry, spicy and oaky.
Overall: More of the same narrative with Al Young here, but a little more disappointment. I think that this year was a fairly big Whiff for 4R as far as their special releases go. I’ve tried a significant amount of 4R bottlings this year and this one falls near the bottom into just “average” territory. This was more disappointing to me because OESK is one of my favorite recipes from Four Roses. Oh well – there’s always more bourbon to enjoy. Maybe next year will be a better year.
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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 | Perfect | Perfect