Review Four Roses 125th Anniversary Bourbon

four roses 125th anniversary small batch 2013

Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 125th Anniversary Bourbon
103.2 Proof
Blend 18, 13, 13 years

Before we get into this offering, I have to speak a bit about Four Roses.  Four Roses has been producing quality juice for a long time.  It has been a staple in my collection and there is always one bottle around.  What I love is the additional floral notes and fruits that you will not find in other bourbons.

Four Roses has 10 unique bourbon recipes, in which it blends and molds into it’s unique concoctions.  With these, it produced the Bourbon of the year in 2012, and now this, this bourbon of the year for 2013.

O = It was produced at the Four Roses distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY
E = The mashbill that is 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% malted barley.
B = The mashbill that is 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% malted barley.
S = Designates straight whiskey distillation.
V/K/O/Q/F = Yeast strain used to create flavor characteristics.

OBSV – Soft Fruit, Spicy, Creamy
OBSK – Rich Spiciness, Full Body
OBSO – Floral(rose), Spicy, Medium Body
OBSQ – Slightly Fruit, Spicy, Medium Body
OBSF – Mint, Fruity, Spicy, Full Body

OESV – Delicate Fruit, Fresh, Creamy
OESK – Spicy, Full Body
OESO – Fruity(Red Berries), Medium Body
OESQ – Floral, Banana, Fresh, Mint
OESF – Mint, Fruity, Full Body

Now, that we understand the different flavor combinations, we can go into the combination for this whiskey.  The 125th anniversary is 18 year OBSV, 13 year OBSK, 13 year OESK.  Using our little decoder, we would guess that the flavors in this bourbon would include delicate fruit, bold spiciness and full body.

When I smelled the bourbon I got a ton of spice in the nose and actually quite a bit of heat.  The heat surprised me as this is only 51.6%.  There is a decent amount of wood that comes and not a lot of sweetness.  I can also get a hint of flowers in fruit, but not discerning enough to define them.

I was expecting a bit of heat, because of the nose, but this is a very smooth, well rounded bourbon.  I get orange and apricot right off the bat, which if what made me like Pappy so much.  Then I get the spice, rye and wood that comes in and smooths everything out.  Once I added a couple drops of water, more of the fruit actually came out.

Overall this is a fantastic bourbon.  Well balanced, with a nice kick of heat.  I would say that if Van Winkle Lot B and Stagg had a baby, this would be it.

Overall – 9.5/10
Value – 10/10 .  At $90-$100 retail it is phenomenal.  The secondary market puts this around $220-$250, even at that price I would have the value at about 7.5/10

Get your hands on this if you can.  Thank you redstone liquors for my bottle

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