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Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof

(70cl, 50%)

Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof

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Four Roses 100 Proof Bottling Note

Four Roses founder Paul Jones Jr. became undoubtedly smitten by a beautiful woman who he proposed to. She said she would let him know her answer later by attending an evening ball with a four rose corsage. We guess she said yes, since he renamed his entire brand to Four Roses. This Single Barrel 100 Proof bourbon is plummy and fruity with lots of character, it makes a fantastic Hot Toddy or Kentucky lemonade.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: A balanced, rich, fruity nose. Notes of spices and chocolate. Toffee and vanilla.

Palate: Tart stone fruits, prunes, spices, morello cherries, cocoa and vanilla.

Finish: Oak, chocolate, butterscotch.

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Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof Reviews


Great bourbon! Fruity with some rye spice and I love the colour in the glass. The bottle is really cool to. There is a floral note to this is well

3rd October 2020

The One.

Huge length of flavour, beautiful depth and complexity for days...

29th July 2020

My Favourite!

I have tried many different bourbons and I keep coming back to this. I love the way it tastes and a mixture between a strong taste and good proof. I have tried the Four Roses array (not the limited releases) and I cannot get enough. I wish they sold a small barrel of this!

27th July 2020

i think the 50% maybe the issue, anyway didnt like this really

hmmmmm- not great for the $$

19th July 2020

Good buy, solid value. Nice body for cocktails...

This is 100 proof people - ie more ethanol than your everyday Jack or Jim.

3rd July 2020

Maybe the best affordable bourbon

Not sharp, unlike many other budget bourbons, yet full of taste - as 50% vol is supposed to be. Let a glass stay on the air for some time, then slight alcohilic and pickle notes will disappear, leaving you with a classical bourbon profile with a chocolate influence and medium-long finish.

Unless I get a bad barrel (as some people complain below), this spirit remains in my personal top-10 whiskies list.

27th June 2020


Best Single Barrel on the market ..

13th May 2020

Definitely recommend

Had 3 large glasses yesterday with 1 lump of ice.
Only a little left in bottle.

8th May 2020


my disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined

12th March 2020

not sure what to think

Got a bad barrel I guess. My logic in going top-shelf and single barrel is that they can't "blend it" and dilute it with inferior barrels, because they have to sell a decent barrel if it's gonna be single barrel. So much for that logic. The Russels Reserve Single barrel is a far superior whiskey which I just compared it to. About 18 months ago I had some Four Roses Single Barrel which I thought at the time was a revelation. Not so this time. I may just dump it down the drain I'd rather have a handle of WT101.

17th February 2020

My favourite bourbon

I enjoy the cinnamon finish that follows a full body moth experience

25th December 2019

If You Like Old Lady Perfume!

I know why they call it Four Roses. It tastes of your grandmother's rose scented perfume. OMG this stuff was awful. The overpowering scent of rose perfume was too overwhelming and I simply gave it away.

4th December 2019

Has to be the best bourbon I ever had!

I could not believe the last negative reviews. The bottle I am having right now, is 100 points guys. It is 4x25 on all counts. I have never ever had a better spirit (at least to my palate), I ve had jack SB at 98, but also at much lover, I ve had Chivas 18 at 90 (its lower normally), Abunadh 55 was strong 92...This barrel is so smooth, and yet so powerful in taste because of high ABV, I can see you serving this to a hmm...girlfriend. Actually I am not gonna tell you the number of the barrel, because tommorow I am going back to the supermarket and I am taking all of it down!

21st July 2019

Not worth the coin

I was keen to try this due to the hype however it really is quite odd.. its like they thought of all these amazing flavours to blend and then they put it together and it was bad..
it's like putting Nutella in a blender with Orange juice - both great by themselves but terrible together.

16th May 2019

Wow...old reliable becomes untrustworthy

Has been one of my favorites for about a year now....but this last batch JW 69-5J is rotgut. Undrinkable. I am not sure what to think here because I have come to consider this to be a reliable standard of reasonably priced and highly enjoyable Bourbon. I actually compared it directly to the outgoing bottle I just finished RS-89-1C and the later was lovely...the new is shite.

2nd May 2019


Too much bite for me. To be fair, I didn't realize this was 50% alcohol when purchasing. I'll stick with Basil Hayden or Russell's Reserve.

16th April 2019

Among my favorite single barrel bourbon! Superb!

Among my favorite single barrel bourbons! I always drink this neat! So smooth and good! Wish it came in 1.75’s!

10th April 2019

Not good.

I hate pouring money down the drain. One drink, 2-oz bourbon, bit of ice and water. Notes of ethanol and rye burn. Not good. I actually poured contents of the bottle down the drain.

No stars.

6th April 2019


Awful tasted like rubbing alcohol. Wound up pouring it down the drain. Contacted Four Roses with the warehouse and barrel numbers thinking possibly a bad batch received no response. I’ll stick with my Basil Haydens.

26th January 2019


For the price. It's balanced, sweet and perfect to nip on ice or straight up. Can't beat it in this price point

10th November 2018

Good bourbon

It's a good bourbon,
Though I find WT101 and Woodford reserve more interesting drams.
I don't like odd stylishly designe

26th August 2018


Sorry to be the outlier here. The distinct ethanol flavor is almost ruining the glass for me.

13th August 2018

Really nice Bourbon

Very nice Bourbon. Starting to like it more every time I drink this.

3rd August 2018

A great, fairly priced bourbon

This was my first bourbon and still remains one of my favorite whisk(e)ys to this day. The nose is very classic notes of dark fruit, vanilla, winter spices, and a hint of leather. Then on the palate the dark fruit takes hold, with caramel sneaking its way in from the background, followed by a light spicyness. The finish on this is definitely one of my favorite parts, quite oily with the woods and spices really taking over. I'd also like to mention just how smooth this is for a 100 proof whiskey. Much more approachable than you'd think. For $36 in my local liquor store I really couldn't ask for more.

28th May 2018

Please don’t buy this bourbon.....

The more word spreads that an excellent single barrel is less than $50, the harder it will be for me to find. MoM have this priced very well, but in the States it’s $35 all day long. This is a rich, creamy, bourbon with dark fruit mixed right in. Think of blackberry cobbler with melting vanilla ice cream. The feel on the tongue is also creamy providing a nice slow finish. The 100 proof is played perfectly with a large ice ball without losing the single barrel quality of the bourbon. That being said, it’s still 100 proof and that means a little heat. Just enough so you don’t feel you’ve been cheated (Like I felt when I first sipped Basil Hayden’s). As many of you do, I keep a decanter ready for company that may stop by. My decanter used to be filled with another bourbon (that’s another story) but now it always has FRSB ready to go. Drop by anytime....

27th May 2018


Wow. This is a fantastic whiskey! Great character, good balance. I was, for a long time, a bit skeptic regarding bourbon. Now, after drinking Michter's, Bulleit, JD Single Barrel, and this supreme drink, Four Roses Single Barrel, I am addicted. This is marvelous stuff. Perfect for this Indian Summer we have at the west coast of Norway as we speak. Sweet, balanced, absolutely brilliant drink in the sun. Cheers.

26th May 2018

Fairly priced, very high quality whiskey -

Can't decide if this has more licorice than caramel. Salty too.
- Stone fruits. Dark fruit. Cherries.

18th May 2018

# #

* cask [30-3L] in warehouse [TS], that is. bottling date: won't have been long ago.

8th May 2018


* quick note: cask 30-3L can't take even the slightest drop of water.

further notes: floral, distinct aroma of rose petals. toasty Armagnac-like character. cloves and cinnamon pastries. plums, yes, and cherries, absolutely. chocolate, with aeration. chocolate milk powder. figs.

Vanilla like the vanilla of a book that's been sitting on a shelf for forty or fifty years.
- very charming, very romantic.

8th May 2018

Own league. Must have for every bourbon fan

Rick: TS, barrel: 30-3G.

What can I say? This is a gentlemanly bourbon. Well behaved but intersesting, three dimensional creature. On the nose sweet and deep, fruity note. Very summer like. On the palette is balanced and spicy, something of high quality, typical bourbon flavours, vanilla and dark fruit. The finish is mid to long and buttery.
Overall, very satisfying experience, something I would like to share with anyone visiting my home.

5th May 2018

Four Roses single barrel Kentucky straight bourbon, 100 proof.

*Real* dusty, dry, and not sweet - like that. refined.
Up front cherries, like a cherry coke. got a bit of marzipan. real ripe plums. pepper on account of the rye, but I've drunk pepper-er. caramel and vanilla, hiding back there.
easy drinking neat.
water don't do much for it.

sure is dusty . . . .

~ recommend starting new drinkers off of this one. let them skip right past that 'more affordable' and 'entry level' stuff.
bang for your bourbon dollar - or pound!

have a good one, all ~


4th May 2018


In my opinion, this is the very best bourbon you will find at this price. Even if I was a billionaire, I would still drink this bourbon and it would be my go to.

15th March 2018

Smooth and silky. Great sipping whiskey.

It just might be the best bourbon whiskey around. Great on the rocks. Price is very reasonable.

13th March 2018

Loaded with flavor

Notes of caramel, cinnamon, , pepper, and a spicy rye kick.

2nd March 2018

Cambridge Whisky Nut Says:

Simply the best bourbon - bar none. Unlike the other bourbons on the market - both in this price range and well above - the wood note is not overpowering, nor is the alcoholic kick. This is not a super aggressive bourbon, and quite mellow. Delicious notes of cherry, vanilla, maple sugar, and all bottled at a very healthy ABV. Truly a great buy, and in my opinion miles better than Eagle Rare 10 for around the same price.

19th February 2018

Excellent Bourbon for the price

There are a few finer Bourbons than this one - but certainly not in this price range - much better than any Bourbon I've tried at twice the price; you have to go way up the spending charts to start finding superior ones. Definitely my go to drink until I win the lottery.

7th February 2018


Very good bourbon

21st January 2018


A very good whiskey! A favorite.

11th January 2018

Good stuff!

Excellent bourbon!

28th December 2017

Must for all Bourbon lovers😎

The best that Four Roses has made so far.

1st October 2017

Smooth and tasty

Very good bourbon one of my favorites

8th August 2017

Better in that price range.

I have to agree with the review from back in 2013. The alcohol burn on this over whelmed the flavours for me. They were there, but couldn't appreciate them. Go for a bottle of Elijah 12 which is far better IMHO, incredible flavours and enough alcohol to give the kick you need. Colin G.

21st April 2017

great value great bourbon

YUMMY! Rich pure and damn tasty, a great bourbon.

9th February 2017

Just what you want for a mid level bourbon

The fruit aromas are nice and strong. And the 50%abv is too so cutting it really brings out the smooth mellow caramel and sweet corn you expect from a good single barrel.

25th December 2016

This is a great one.

Is extremely smooth, and really taste the hint of chocolate. Definitely will buy again.

5th December 2016

Very good to exceptional

I love this bourbon; higher octane, character, nuanced, rarer flavor profile & something yummy that matters. This is it! My daily among the single malts and exceptional bottled in bond offerings I keep on heavy rotation. Slow down and taste greatness. Be sure to gift a bottle to any experienced whiskey lover this holiday!

28th November 2016

Well worth $40

Decent sipper. Fruity, sweet, soft nose, better than average palate and finish. Elijah craig barrel proof is my favorite so I am missing the raw, complex barrel flavors here a little. In all fairness i would definitely buy this again though.

18th November 2016

Four Roses single malt barrel

Love it so smooth beautiful taste

12th May 2016

My "Go to" bourbon

This is a solid, well balanced bourbon especially for a single barrel which we all know varies from bottle to bottle. The variances are only subtle and not big enough to make you choose an "m" versus an "r" I'm sorry but it's just too subtle for that and I trust my palate on this and if your palate is that sensitive then i really am sorry for you because each bottle offers something great and there's a lot to enjoy here. I found out recently my grandfather loved this brand after I found myself enjoying it. Just a cool coincidence. Four Roses has had its issues over the years with various owners and now it seems to have found the right people to resurrect a great old brand into the modern era and luckily I've found it and many others have found it again and we are enjoying it now. Please try it especially the single barrel because it is a classic bourbon with subtle differences bottle to bottle and you will enjoy it a lot. Four Roses also offers a "buy a barrel" program which is really just the coolest if you can afford it or go in on a group buy but really just a cool idea and I love when companies do this. Could you imagine InBev doing that for anyone? Not a chance because they're just too big to care about you but Four Roses is really cool enough to do that. Check it out and enjoy Four Roses Single Barrel

19th April 2016


Very good, more vanilla than Carmel. Very clean taste. For me it's number two after jack Daniels single barrel.

2nd April 2016

Mr. Matthew Meis

I'm new to bourbon. My bartender recommended it. Really great taste ... now I'm a fan!

3rd March 2016


Depends on the barrel "m" is special and "r" is not(I compare everything to Knob Creek). In other words the nose and flavor profile changes with the barrel. Knob or Woodford Reserve Double Oaked doesn't. I know what to expect from them.

9th February 2016


Very solid. Love the fruity nose. Wouldnt call it a smooth sipper due to the spicy bite which knocked off a star for me. Definite fruit filled start with some butterscotch on back. I do taste the cocoa also. Oak balanced throughout. I keep some handy for cold nights by the fire.

7th February 2016

Not The Very Best Bourbon Ever...

...but a nearly ideal taste profile for bourbon. I wish it were bottled at cask strength.

25th January 2016

Definitely worth the money

I've had a few 100 proof bourbons before yet some seem to be appear a bit overwhelming at times. Four Roses has a great balance of strength and taste and neither is sacrificed. Definitely a great sipping bourbon

17th January 2016

Best in class

For 40.00+\- USD, it is the most balanced, consistent, and satisfying bourbon which remains readily available. Subtle and intoxicating nose, balanced fruit and wood on the palette, and long smoothe finish. Just great.

16th January 2016

Bang for your buck

Like the Four Roses small batch, so gave this one a try. I agree that there is some kick to it from alcohol and spice, but the initial taste of cherry I get, as well as the fruity and vanilla aroma overrules it. I feel it's best with a large single ice cube and gets better as it melts away. For the price point of $30-35, I don't think you can do much better.

21st April 2015

Excellent bourbon...

Nice dark fruity notes mingle with butterscotch and smoky finish... The 50% is present but not overwhelming... A terrific sipping bourbon...

5th April 2015

new bourbon club tasting-

I found this bourbon to stay with you - in a good way. Provides a very nice afterglow. Very smooth. Our small tasting group is experienced with a variety of bourbon but now we're about documenting. Our hope is to agree on a benchmark and then get more sophisticated in our ratings.

2nd January 2015

amazing bourbon

great fruity taste, with honey, really smooth bourbon, best bourbon under £40

2nd November 2014

Евгений Черкассы Украина

Даже более юные версии очень хороши!

20th October 2014

Bourbon newbie

I've just joined a Bourbon club and have a half dozen tastings under my belt. I found this a bit harsh but was able to taste the fruit flavors mentioned in the notes. I am using Angel's Envy as my barometer and have not found anything to date that surpasses it. I'm working on improving my pallet to give fair assessments. All comments are appreciated on Twitter at @pamdothall.

3rd July 2014

Go with it!

The previous comments may reflect the challenge with single barrel bourbon - the fact that each barrel is different. i have just worked through a bottle of RN 3-40 and it was simply sublime. Wonderful warm caramel and vanilla notes with a fairly smooth finish. I have had many a great bourbon at higher prices, but at $30 this is a great value. It's not complex like some of the best higher priced bourbons, but it is smooth and delicious. Can't wait to get more.

9th March 2014

Stick with the Small Batch

I was so dissapointed with this drink its untrue, the aftertaste was too sharp, and the initial bite was too harsh, had it been 46 or 47% rather than 50%abv then perhaps it would have been different. It was smoothe but to be honest the Small Batch had a better taste and a better price tag, I`ll be sticking with that in the future.

28th December 2013

Re: don't buy it here

I'm sure our Scottish friends would say the same thing if they saw what we pay for their single malts over here as well! But yes, this is a 40-45 dollar whiskey tops. A good one tho.

25th October 2013

Don't buy it here

I've seen it for under $30, it's a great whisky, but this site is wallet rape.

9th October 2013

Understated Bourbon elegance

This is a bottle i pull out on occasion, not an everyday sipper but can be if its the only bottle on the shelf. Pure quality and at 100 proof needs no water. Tasty and elegant is the best i can describe Four Roses bourbons.

6th February 2013


smooth and a sublime single barrel Bourbon. When this bottle is empty I will be definitely be buying another.

10th August 2012

One of the very good SB's

I have to rate this one high as it is certainly one of the smoothest and easiest to drink Bourbons around. Very warm sensation without any burning. Good balance, some spice, but fruity in nose. Oakey finish. Just a good Bourbon, nothing fancy or out of the way different from other great single barrel's, but in my opinion, one of the best single barrel' part is, it's probably the most affordable good single barrel produced....JP from KY

24th June 2012

Talbott Tavern Tasting

We tried the sampler at the Old Talbott Tavern in Bardstown, KY.
seeing all the bourbon distilleries, I could remember 4 Roses.
Neither my husband or I were great fans of Bourbon, but the Smoothness of this Bourbon was warm and satisfying.
We bought a bottle for the old homestead and plan on many enjoyable sips.
The Logues, from Mo.

12th February 2011

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