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Overall rating
79.94/100
votes
86
Category
Bourbon
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Strength
45.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
04812A
Barcode
5000299284865
Added on
12 Oct 2010 10:33 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 28.96

11 × in wishlist

86 × member ratings

208 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Four Roses Small Batch

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.94 points

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tonight I was experimenting a little by blending some different styles. Well...Mix some Laphroaig Quarter Cask through your dram with F.R. Small Batch Bourbon and you will be quite suprised. (85% bourbon - 15% Laphroaig ratio, give or take some)
    • Nose
      What arises is a rather unusual Bourbon nose with a more full, more demanding nose. There is still a lot of sweetness but it is being accompanied now by a warm, smokey note. In the right ratio it is complimenting eachother very well. Vanilla, cinnamon, macaroons, smoldering wood and a very subtle hint of some peat smoke. It does make it better!
    • Taste
      Fresh, light arrival. Clear vanilla notes, fresh oak, baked nuts, and again that subtle but not dominating smoldering wood note. It reminds me of a campfire on a late summer night.
    • Finish
      Tropical fruits and fresh wood which fade away quite quickly in a little more clear peat smoke but it all stays very gentle and pleasant. It is the finish in which the peat is most active, so it seems. But the fun part is: the Bourbon hints keep pushing back, then fade away again to come back again right after, fade away again and so on. It’s almost some kind of gentle battle between the two.

      Fun experiment. I would recommend you to try it!

  2. HammerHead scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      79 79

  3. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Appearance:
    Medium orange-amber. A bit lighter than Maker’s.

    Nose: Spicy, cherry, vanilla, oak. Rye spice in the background. Vanilla cream frosting. Very sweet and creamy.

    Palate: Sweet, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, corn, grain, light rye spice, cherry. Much less cherry than Maker’s. More vanilla, cream, and spice. Smooth as hell, honestly. More than MM. A bit of the funky spice that comes from rye too.

    Finish: Soft vanilla, oak, spice. Mild and smooth.

    With Water: A bit more cherry and spice come out. Possibly a bit more bitter. Nor really necessary.

    Overall: Smooth and mild without a whole lot of complexity but also so, so drinkable and tasty. Easy to drink without water. Really smooth.

  4. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
      slightly alcoholic, hints of caramel and vanilla, sweet with a little honey. Overall delicate perception and pleasant.
    • Taste
      76 76
      slightly spicy, tingling a little, sweet-tart, light arrack sweetness
    • Finish
      77 77
      Warm, soft, slightly spicy, sweet-tart with oak notes (not bitter)
      Conclusion:
      simple and uncomplicated, pleasant, for less than 30 € a good pleasure-price ratio.

  5. marmeladow scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Mediocre straight bourbon, better than yellow label, but less expressive than products from Woodford, for example. Also underlay Maker's Mark or Buffalo Trace
    • Nose
      81 81
      Best of all: lots of ripe fruit, including melon in addition to vanilla, caramel, oak and a little honey. Hardly any glue
    • Taste
      80 80
      mild and mellow, creamy, but later sharper and bitter
    • Finish
      78 78
      Short and unspectacular, sometimes too much alcohol with some burning sharpness and spice

  6. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This bourbon is indeed very mellow, however, it does possess a reasonable complexity both in the nose and the palate.
    • Nose
      84 84
      This is indeed soft like melting butter, very buttery, along with toffee, counterbalanced by the spiciness of a little bit of ginger. There is also a hint of soft liquorice. A few drops of water bring out more floral notes, in particular roses and lilies, and some raspberry sauce. Also a more earthy side with notes of roots.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Very smooth and fruity, I get in particular cherries, and loads of toffee. Mixed up with hints of cardamon, a softer side of ginger, and some lovely rose jam. Some drops of water give more roses, some notes of sour fruits, like sour cherries, pickles, and again roots.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The aftertaste is medium long with more caramel and ginger.

  7. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This bourbon is indeed very mellow, however, it does possess a reasonable complexity both in the nose and the palate.
    • Nose
      84 84
      This is indeed soft like melting butter, very buttery, along with toffee, counterbalanced by the spiciness of a little bit of ginger. There is also a hint of soft liquorice. A few drops of water bring out more floral notes, in particular roses and lilies, and some raspberry sauce. Also a more earthy side with notes of roots.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Very smooth and fruity, I get in particular cherries, and loads of toffee. Mixed up with hints of cardamon, a softer side of ginger, and some lovely rose jam. Some drops of water give more roses, some notes of sour fruits, like sour cherries, pickles, and again roots.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The aftertaste is medium long with more caramel and ginger.

  8. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Considering the small price, I would call this a BFYB. It’s an absolute delicate and easy accessible Bourbon with quite a lot to offer. Don’t expect a lot of depth and complexity but if you’d like that, I think you have to go a few price levels up.
    • Nose
      Typical corn sweet Bourbon nose! Warm and strong. This one can definitely use some water to ease it down. Also give it some time after that. What it gives is a very pleasant sweet vanilla honey nose with clearly some soaked wood notes. It’s Floral and it has something herbal perfume-like. I like it!
    • Taste
      Without water it gives a warm and creamy sensation. It covers the potential in some way. With water it gets a more accessible, lighter body and reveals more of it’s pallet. Besides sweet corn and vanilla it gives a hint of nutmeg, dried herbs and some ripe mealy pears.
    • Finish
      A very short subtle sharp edge precedes a quite long mellow caramel-toffee like finish. Ofcourse there is again corn and vanilla. Very pleasant!

  9. Jordanite scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    The nose instantly declares itself a bourbon with clear vanilla and caramel notes, with slight floral hints in the background. The corn based character of the spirit is also noticeable. The spices hit on the palate (pepper and allspice?, nutmeg?), with the wood and buttery-vanilla notes to follow. The finish remains pleasantly spicy, oak-y, and vanilla-y. 

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      72 72

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