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Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2014 review

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Four Roses Small Batch 2014 is a 9 year old bourbon, containing also bourbons up to 11, 12 and 13 years old. This is a cask strength limited edition by the Four Roses distillery from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Every year they release a small batch of this heavier alcohol per volume (55,9%) stuff. The normal Four Roses Small Batch has 45% ABV.

Four Roses Small Batch 2014 review – Limited edition bourbon

In this 2014 version, they’ve used four different recipes: OBSV = 13yo, OESV = 12yo, OBSF = 11yo and OBSK = 9yo. Letter O means the place of the production, Lawrenceburg. Second letter states the mash bill. B which is the majority of this bourbon, equals 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley. So this has more of the “high rye” version, which suits well for my taste. E means 75% corn, 20% rye and 5% malted barley.

THE BITTER END feels good

This bourbon starts to get better and better towards the end. Probably the rye starts to show its best parts for a rye lover like me. I couldn’t come up with a better movie reference, so I’ll use just a fitting title I found from Internet Movie Database. Because after the sweetness, there comes The Bitter End, which feels nice. And suits very well for this small batch bourbon.

Mash bill:
Mix of 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley (majority) and 75% corn, 20% rye and 5% malted barley (minority)
Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Sharp but sweet. Corn dominates. Dark sugar and even a brief breeze of smoke or was I dreaming? The corn has that honey feel but mostly it’s just corn. I think that the rye makes the heavy sharpness.
Taste: Sweet caramel and dark sugar with nice maple syrup. Very full. Sweet vanilla starts to dominate. Spices fight with the sweet spots nicely in harmony.
Finish: On the bitter side with dry peppery notes. I think it’s the rye influence. Hints of mint with oak. Surprisingly fast for a cask strength, still, good length.
Balance: Good, balanced and amazingly smooth for a cask strength. Good bourbon!


Distillery: Four Roses Region: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA ABV: 55.9% Non-chill filtered, no added colour
Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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