Bourbon Review: Four Roses Small Batch

Small Batch Four Roses Bourbon


Just a reminder: Each review will follow the same template, and include a score.  Please enjoy responsibly 🙂

It’s been a while since I have posted a new review.  I also noticed my bottle of Four Roses Small Batch was almost empty, and figured I should get a review in before I killed the bottle.

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2019

Atmosphere: in a Glencairn glass, neat @ home.  Saturday night, kids are in bed, just finished watching the Winnipeg Jets beat the Edmonton Oilers in a shootout!

Distillery: Four Roses

Mash: Four Roses has 2 Mashbills:

#1: 75% Corn, 20% Rye, 5% Malted Barley

#2: 60% Corn, 35% Rye, 5% Malted Barley

Age: No Age Statement

Type: Bourbon

ABV%: 45%

Price I Paid: $45.00 Canadian

Appearance:  Gold/Caramel, but very light and looks almost watered down

Nose:  Very light hints of sugar and ethanol, but nothing stands out.  After a few swirls, a bit woody and spicy, but all very faint.

Palate: 90% of what comes through is wood/oak, which probably doesn’t sound great, but it’s not terrible…it’s just fine.  Second sip a bit more sweet and spicy notes come through, but again the wood is by far the most dominant characteristic.

Finish: Long on the tongue, but little to no burn. The wood flavour remains for quite some time.

Conclusions:  The most honest thing I can say, is “it’s just fine”.  A bottle I’d gladly stock in my home bar, but would most likely be using it in cocktails, instead of a daily sipper.  That said, it is fine on it’s own and not overly expensive.  Still, for 45.00 there are better bottles to be had.

Overall Score:  65/100