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A great single barrel bourbon from Four Roses. Plummy and fruity with lots of character and at higher strength. This won Whisky Magazine's 2008 Best Bourbon Whiskey No Age award, as well as a host of other awards from around the world.
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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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
YUMMY! Rich pure and damn tasty, a great bourbon.
9th February 2017
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
Is extremely smooth, and really taste the hint of chocolate. Definitely will buy again.
5th December 2016
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
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
Love it so smooth beautiful taste
12th May 2016
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
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
...but a nearly ideal taste profile for bourbon. I wish it were bottled at cask strength.
25th January 2016
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
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
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
Nice dark fruity notes mingle with butterscotch and smoky finish... The 50% is present but not overwhelming... A terrific sipping bourbon...
5th April 2015
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
great fruity taste, with honey, really smooth bourbon, best bourbon under £40
2nd November 2014
Даже более юные версии очень хороши!
20th October 2014
I've just joined a Bourbon club and have a half dozen tastings under my bra....er 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
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
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
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
I've seen it for under $30, it's a great whisky, but this site is wallet rape.
9th October 2013
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
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's...best part is, it's probably the most affordable good single barrel produced....JP from KY
24th June 2012
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