Four Roses Single Barrel is distilled by Kirin Brewery Company in Lawrenceburg, KY. They brew two separate grain bills, one with a high rye content. They then split that among 5 different yeast strains to make a total of 10 recipes for blending their desired flavor profiles. As the name states, Four Roses Single Barrel comes from a barrel of these recipes.
I’ve been eyeing this for a while and finally pulled the trigger. Availability of this is good and the megamart sells at state minimum prices, so I wasn’t in much of a rush to pick this up. Wife wanted some amaretto for hot cocoa and I didn’t want to be left out so I finally grabbed a bottle.
Nice bottle presentation. A Spanish Mission style bottle with cork and a leather looking buckle on the neck with a little booklet describing the liquor.
Warehouse GW Batch 55-3R. OBSV recipe of 60% corn 35% rye, and 5% malted barley. Their V yeast strain is said to provide a fruity character. Bottled at 50%. No age statement, but thought to be about 9 years. Paid $40 state minimum.
Oak. Fruity cherry, pears. Caramel. Sweetness. Maybe some honey. Vanilla and Cinnamon. Adding a little water seems to bring out the fruitiness and sweetness.
Spicy, cherry fruit tartness, A little drying astringency in the finish. Toasty, maybe a some licorice. Oak seems fairly assertive. Sweetness seems to turn on as you sip. Spiciness and alcohol dance on the tongue and holds on through the finish. A little sweeter it seems with water. The oak seems to scale back. Spice is still prominent.
Nice complexity that flows in stages. Up front I notice oaky-ness, then some sweetness, then spiciness intensifies in the finish with mild alcohol warming. I like ryes and this is on the spicier side of a bourbon and that good with me. One of my favorites.
Price is OK for the product and widely available. When this runs out I’l be getting another.
Four Roses Single Barrel Recommendation
Buy Again – 4/5 Rating
(My 5 point scale: Pass, Try a Glass, Buy a Bottle, Buy Again, Shut Up and Take My Money – Bottle price is taken into consideration for recommendations.)
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