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.
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.
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.