This is the first, I repeat, FIRST Four Roses Single Barrel release in Oklahoma…maybe. It’s the first we’ve seen or lucky enough to get our hands on anyway. It was chosen by Central Liquor Company, who is distributor in Oklahoma. Most single barrels are chosen by a store, but Oklahoma is a bit different, so this bottle could actually be found in multiple liquor stores if they wished to carry it. It was aged 10 years and 6 months and it’s from Warehouse TS, barrel number 70.5E.
The link to all of my other Four Roses reviews can be found here. My original Four Roses Single Barrel can be found here. If you want to know all about the different mash bills or yeast, check them out on Bourbonr. They break everything down for you over there.
Distillery: Four Roses Distillery
Location: Near Lawrenceburg, KY
Mash bill: OESV, “E” means, 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% malted barley.
Age: 10 years, 6 months
ABV: 60.4% (120.8 proof)
Released: First private barrel selection in Oklahoma, very limited.
Color: Amber girl
Nose: Caramel, vanilla, oak, baking spices, you know, the good stuff. It’s got some cherry and raspberry, and loads of brown sugar too.
Taste: Whoa very candy-esque… like red hots, so it’s hot sweet sugary cinnamon. It almost had this retro candy feel to it that I can’t quite pinpoint… Anyway, there is also a bit of dark chocolate/tobacco bitterness that helps balance things out, oh! and, a bit of raspberry, which is nice.
Finish: Hot finish that sits on your tongue forever, leaves you with that cinnamon warmth down our throat.
Overall: You can definitely feel that 120 proof in the taste, but I like it. Since, this is the lower rye mashbill, I think the higher proof helps balance this Bourbon out. Overall, this leans more towards hot and sweet, but there are some other things going on that helps balance everything out.
Since this is the first Oklahoma Four Roses pick I have ever seen, if you see it, GRAB IT! You won’t be disappointed.