Review: Four Roses Single Barrel Astor NYC (OBSV)

This Bourbon was a Christmas present from some of our friends (thanks Zac and Julie!) which they brought back with them from a New York vacation. It’s was specially selected by Astor Wine and Spirits in New York City. It was aged 8 years and 11 months and bottled in March of 2014.  It’s from Warehouse TS, barrel number 37.3G.

The link to all of my other Four Roses reviews can be found here. My original Four Roses Single Barrel can be found here.

: Kirin

Distillery: Four Roses Distillery

Location: Near Lawrenceburg, KY

Mash bill: OBSV, “B” means, 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% malted barley. So, this is their high rye mash bill.

Age: 8 years, 11 months

ABV: 50% (100 proof)

Released: Private barrel selection

Price: It was a gift.

Color: Golden Blonde with red highlights.

Nose: Caramel, vanilla, oak, all the wonderful things you expect in a nose. It’s got some cherry, little bit of rye pepper, slightly sweet sugar smell.

Taste: Very light flavor but done very nicely.  It has some cherry and other fruit flavors and quite a bit of rye pepper. The longer it sits the more the vanilla comes out.

Finish: The heat comes in at the very end, very slow but warms your throat. Definitely a very slow burner, not overwhelmingly hot or spicy, the warmth comes in very late. It’s a really nice finish though.

Overall: This is a very delicate single barrel Bourbon, with a nice light finish. Delicately balanced, with that rye heat coming in very late to the party. Normally single barrels are really heavy and full bodied, this one is lighter and more accessible. Compared to our other Four Roses private selection this one is the quiet sister, but you should still get to know her, because she’s lovely in her one way.

If you want a delicate but delicious single barrel Four Roses Bourbon choose one with the “V” yeast. A lovely delicate flower that still packs some heat at the end.

If you get a chance to check out any private selection single barrel, do it. You won’t regret it. If you want to know all about the different mash bills or yeast, check them out on Bourbonr. It’ll make your life easier.

Rating: 3.5/5


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