Advent: Day 17 – Four Roses Single Barrel

Advent Review Whisky

4.0 stars

Back to Four Roses today, and another single barrel offering. However, given that this appears to be one of their core range I can’t help feeling that it’s missing the whole point of a single barrel bottling – the uniqueness and individuality of the barrel.


Four Roses Single Barrel is a 50% ABV bourbon with a generous 35% rye component.

The nose is relatively light; soft caramel and vanilla, with fresh cut wood in the background. Over time a few dark fruit notes appear, black cherries perhaps. Water brings older wood to the front, and perhaps a touch of tobacco too.

In the mouth it’s much more powerful; dark honey with more cherries, some deep woody tannins lurking underneath and a well restrained alcohol. The flavours are intense, but don’t linger particularly – the finish becomes light and gently spicy.

Watered, you lose a lot of that sticky sweet honey which is a real shame – this is definitely another one to enjoy neat. Although the flavours don’t linger, they’re delicious while they’re present and the finish balances it out nicely – thoroughly enjoying this bourbon. 4 stars.

Many thanks to Master of Malt for providing their excellent Bourbon Advent Calendar this year.

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