Review #960 – Four Roses Private Selection OBSO, West Lakeview Liquors Selection

Review #960 | Bourbon Review #501 – Four Roses Private Selection OBSO, West Lakeview Liquors Selection

The Schtick: Four Roses releases single barrels of a specific recipe at cask strength as their private pick program. This is one of the best values in cask strength bourbon that heralds quality and availability, in my personal opinion. This particular barrel was selected in West Lakeview Liquors and features the OBSO mashbill which uses 60% Corn, 35% Rye and 5% Malted Barley.

Distiller: Four Roses

Bottler: Four Roses

ABV: 58.6% ABV

Warehouse: US-53-3F

Bottled: November 2014

Age: 10 Years 8 Months

Nose: Rich cocoa, toffee, honey and clove. Sweet, lots of chocolate.

Taste: Caramel, toffee. Medium mouth feel, some heat is present. Impressive amount of cocoa here. Some oak structure here, not too bitter. Definitely leaning in the drier, more cocoa forward, spicier domain, though.

Finish: Long, rich and sweet. Lots of cocoa here, oak, tobacco, toffee and caramel. No token 4R fruitiness I sometimes get from the O’s, but it’s enjoyable. Earthy, dark chocolate melds well with toffee and tobacco.

Overall: Another nice selection. Good work West Lakeview. I’m hesitatnt to call this “off profile” given the wild variance that 4R PS can have, especially since many recipes can easily masquerade as one another, but this was pretty different, and I enjoyed it quite a lot.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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