Four Roses Single Barrel OESF (Cork Dorks Selection) Review

This is a FR Single Barrel OESF selected by Cork Dorks that was bottled at 56.5% ABV.

Nose: Brown sugar, french vanilla, turning flowery with some honey and orange peel.

Palate: Nice mouthfeel – rather dry here with fresh herbs, oak, vanilla, and oranges.

Finish: Dry and herbal still with sawdust and vanilla french toast.

Rating: 85/100 – Good, but pretty standard FR barrel pick – a little on the simple side, but very easily drinkable.

Value for the money: These barrel picks usually retail around $65 these days and make one of the best buys in bourbon at the moment.

Four Roses Single Barrel (Icons of Whiskey – Bay Way OESK) Review

This is one of ten single barrel expressions that were part of the Icons of Whiskey release from a year or two ago where Jim Rutledge picked some barrels for their best retailers. This is an OESK bottled at 9 years/4 months at 57.4% ABV.

Nose: Strawberry cream, vanilla ice cream, watermelon, pine trees, dried thyme, subtle oak.

Palate: Ripe strawberries topped with whip cream, heavy vanilla, dried herbs again, and a fresh oak. Very similar to nose which makes for a nice transition.

Finish: Changes up where with some mint and leather added to the oak with a bit of banana.

Rating: 89/100 – A very good FR Single Barrel.

Value for the money: I’d gladly pay retail for this same bottle ($65 or so), but it’s not worth any more than that on secondary to me. After you’ve had so many FR barrel picks, the bell curve of quality is so tight, that it’s not worth more than any other in my mind.

Four Roses Single Barrel OBSO (Flippin’ Charitable Private Selection) Review

This is a 10 year 8 month OBSO Four Roses Single Barrel selected by an individual and sold to raise money for a charity and bottled at 55.1% ABV.

Nose: Loads of fruit up front – grapes, bananas, red apples, pears. Honey and cocoa nibs round out a very sweet nose.

Palate: Fruits take a darker turn towards prunes/dates with spiced oak, and dried herbs.

Finish: Quite dry with freshly sawn oak and bitter fruit rinds.

Rating: 82/100 – I find these OBSOs to generally be quite fruity on the nose, but rarely does it remain as sweet throughout for some reason. A pretty average FR barrel pick.

Value for the money: This was sold for slightly above a typical pick if I recall correctly due to the charity portion. I passed on it, and I would pass on it at current FR standard retail of $65 as well.

Four Roses Single Barrel OESK (Shorewood Liquors Selection) Review

This is a 9 year 7 month single barrel of Four Roses selected by Shorewood Liquors and bottled at 63% ABV.

Nose: Fresh vanilla bean and banana pudding with malt chocolate, sugary oak, orange marmalade, and spiced apples.

Palate: Flowery overall with vanilla paste, under ripe strawberries, and herb rubbed oak.

Finish: Quite hot and full of young oak and corn – some subtle banana and herbs.

Rating: 83/100 – One of the best FR single barrel noses I’ve come across, but doesn’t keep up with that level throughout.

Value for the money: FR Single Barrels usually retail around $65 and generally make a great buy – not sure that I’d buy this particular one though.

Four Roses 125th Anniversary (2013 Limited Edition Small Batch) Review

This was the 2013 release of the annual limited edition small batch. Per the name, this was the 125th anniversary of Four Roses, so the bottle had that extra branding compared to other years limited editions. It’s a blend of 18 year OBSV, 13 year OESK, and 13 year OBSK recipes and bottled at 51.6% ABV.

Nose: Cinnamon bread with apple slices. Layers of french vanilla and oak seasoned with nutmeg. Subtle red berries in the background.

Palate: Apples and cloves with sweet corn and vanilla, slightly doughy with a musty oak.

Finish: Dry oak with caramel and brown sugar. Very fresh corn note reminiscent of corn on the cob. Fairly dry all around.

Rating: 89/100

Value for the money: This is one of the more popular bottlings of the Limited Edition Small Batch (LE SmB), and the price reflects that at $400+ on the secondary. I’d pass at that amount as a lot of hype is built into that price for this particular year.

Four Roses Single Barrel OESQ (Crown Liquors Selection) Review

This is a Four Roses Single Barrel OESQ that was selected by Crown Liquors. It was aged for 10 years before being bottled at 60.4% ABV.

Nose: Cinnamon red hots, brown sugar, mint, musty oak, and red grapes.

Palate: Very fruity up front with butterscotch, oak, and vanilla.

Finish: Sweet again with a nice blend of oak, corn, vanilla, and fruits.

Rating: 89/100

Value for the money: These barrel picks usually range between $50-$60 and are some of the best buys in bourbon currently.

Four Roses Single Barrel OESO (Gift Shop Selection) Review

This is a Four Roses Single Barrel OESO that was sold at the FR gift shop. It was aged for 11 years and 11 months before being bottled at 55.8% ABV.

Nose: Very sweet with heavy apple butter notes.

Palate: Green apples with cinnamon and brown sugar.

Finish: Quite sweet with black pepper and minimal oak

Rating: 87/100

Value for the money: These barrel picks usually range between $50-$60 and are some of the best buys in bourbon currently.

Four Roses Single Barrel OESO (Crown Liquors Selection) Review

This is a Four Roses Single Barrel OESO selected by Crown Liquors. It was aged for 11 years and 4 months before being bottled at 54.9% ABV.

Nose: Fresh cracked black pepper with raspberries, cream, corn, oak, and taffy notes.

Palate: Huge bananas up front with honey, vanilla, and aged oak.

Finish: Quite spicy while also turning slightly bitter while the oak really explodes here.

Rating: 87/100

Value for the money: These barrel picks usually range between $50-$60 and are some of the best buys in bourbon currently.

Four Roses Single Barrel OESF (Liquor Barn Selection) Review

This is a Four Roses Single Barrel OESF selected by Liquor Barn. It was aged for 10 years and 8 months before being bottled at 56.6% ABV.

Nose: Dried herbs, virgin oak, strawberries – it lacks the typicaly vanilla/brown sugar notes I’d expect.

Palate: Vanilla, sawdust, mint, herbs de provence. Quite dry overall with very little sweetness.

Finish: Oak heavy with dried herbs and vanilla.

Rating: 82/100

Value for the money: These barrel picks usually range between $50-$60 and are some of the best buys in bourbon currently. I’d pass on this particular one again though.

Four Roses Single Barrel OBSV (France 44 Selection)

This is a store selection of the standard, non-barrel proof Four Roses Single Barrel expression which is bottled at 50% ABV.

Nose: Oak with caramelized brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, and walnuts.

Palate: Oak dominant with black pepper, cinnamon, and tobacco.

Finish: Dry with slightly floral and nutty notes alongside the oak.

Rating: 83/100

Value for the money: These retail around $35 and are generally a decent buy at that price.