This is the second post in my look at Four Roses’ 10 different private barrels. I’d suggest checking that post on the lower 20% rye recipes for the background on this effort and how I stacked those 5 recipes.
In this post I’ll be looking at the even higher 35% rye recipes. It’s interesting to compare how the same yeast came across in the two recipes, although certainly barrel selection also plays a part.
As I did last time, I’ll rank the recipes towards my preference and put in some notes for each. My goal isn’t really to review these as I expect different batches will move the needle either way a bit. My intent is just to determine which recipes I think I like best so I can seek those out in the future.
Note: The recipes with more than one bottle listed are sampled from all those bottles.
– Tippin’s | Ann Arbor, MI | 9yr-8mo | 56.7% | QS 87-2J
– Spec’s | Houston, TX | 9yr-4mo | 58.7% | QS 88-31
Mint, spearmint. Fruity. Spicy. Soft. Sweet. Tasty.
– Randall’s | St. Louis, MO | NAS | 55.9% | ME 80-1B
– Four Roses | Lawrenceburg, KY |10yr-3mo | 59.5% | GW 39-4F
– Spec’s | Houston, TX | 11yr- 2mo | 57.3% | ME 2-2N
Spicy, minty. Vanilla. Nice spice. Cinnamon. Pretty sweet. Some barrel char.
– Jonna’s | Howell MI | 10r-11mo | 60.2% | JE 50-3J
– Four Roses | Lawrenceburg, KY | 10yr-8mo | 58.7% | JE 42-2P
Bunch of vanilla and cinnamon. Bananas foster. Tart. Mint. Sweet, honey.
– /R/Reddit | 10yr-6mo | 63.2%| HW 32-5Q
Strawberries, mixed berries, fruity. Vanilla. Soft. Sweet. Honey. Barrel char. A little hot. Some astringency.
– Tippin’s | Ann Arbor, MI | 10r-5mo | 63.6% | US 59-6N
Honey, flowers, Mint. Fruity. Vanilla. Cinnamon. Some barrel char. A little medicinal.
As with the lower rye flight, these are all pretty good. I have no regrets at buying any of these bottles and will enjoy them. My goal is simply to figure out what recipes I like best for future buys.
I enjoyed the V yeast in both recipes, but feel OBSV is pretty similar to Four Roses Single Barrel. The regular Single Barrel seemed to have more grassy rye nose and bit of a bite and bitterness. The OBSV I got more caramel, sweeter, and understandably a bigger body. I prefer the private OBSV, but I think it’s close enough to the standard Single Barrel to not really seek it out. Plus save $20 or so. I’m sure there are some exceptional barrel selections out there, however. Nice to have on hand.
The Q yeast to me makes for an interesting bottle. I think K is my overall favorite yeast from these bottles, and I also like the V, but Q is right in there too. It’s fairly distinct from the other two yeasts and adds a little variety. Some times I liked it better than other, so that’s why it’s in the second grouping. I’ll probably like to have this around, but not really go out of my way to get a bottle.
So, there’s a run down of a lot of good whiskey. It seems both the K recipes are my favorite, so I’ll be on the look out for that. My next challenge will be to see which specific recipes across both mashes I like best and to start exploring different selections of that.