My brother-in-law was in town the other day so I thought I would share my sample with him to try. Thank you to Four Roses for sending the sample, and as always, there was no quid pro quo. Plenty of other sites have reviewed and talked about the mashbill, I’ll put the links below to those… I’ll just give my take:
Awesome nose: marzipan, peanuts, rose petals, caramel, butterscotch and a touch of charcoal.
Now for the taste… WOW! The mouthfeel is close to perfect, with just enough tannins to tickle the tongue and plenty of oils to coat it. The flavors are incredibly complex, with sweetness coming in first, then warmth on the way down. The flavors continue to evolve every fifteen seconds and the finish goes on for minutes and minutes. Later on you get a nice oak background with an incredible smoothness.
So far this year, this is easily one of my top three favorites, but I decided to check it against the 2015 Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition. Very similar, and hard to pick a winner, but I think the 2015 might be slightly better. It’s a judgement call. My brother in law wasn’t as excited about it as I was, he really liked it, but he prefers the bigger, higher proof bourbons like Elijah Craig Barrell Proof and Barrell Bourbon. He’s at 95 points, but I’m a 97/100. Like Fred Minnick said, if you can get it, buy it all. If you don’t, I will!