While the huge media chatter of Jim Rutledge “retiring” and then quickly going online to kickstart his own distillery has dominated the news, Brent Elliott has quietly taken over as Master Distiller at Four Roses Distillery, continuing to make great whiskey. The newest special release from Four Roses is the Elliott’s Select 2016 Limited Edition Single Barrel.
This review is from bottle number 4473/10224, a 52.9% abv, 14 year aged, OESK from warehouse QN from barrel 47-1L.
Golden brown color.
The nose has butterscotch, anise, brown sugar, smoked maple bacon, dry hay and candied apple.
The palate is phenomenal, good oils, moderate tannins, sweet fruits and candied apples engulf the mouth. The finish is long and complex, thick and juicy.
This is clearly one of the standouts of 2016; hits all the right notes, is complex and enjoyable. Too bad it’s one of those hard to find bourbons for a reasonable price… I’ve seen it listed on bottle-spot.com for low 200s, and at that price it’s reasonable. 97/100