Four Roses Barrel Proof Single Barrel OESQ
Selected by Cambridge Spirits
Finally, some barrel strength four roses is coming to Mass. I will have to try Julio’s and Redstone’s when they are here, but this is the first Mass offering that I have tried. As, I have not as much to compare it to, I will go straight to the review.
Nose: Raisin, Cinnamon, Cherry and when you more a bit further away you will find oak
Initial Taste: It starts with a light fruity and vanilla sweetness. It is a mixture of floral and dark fruits (banana, cherry and some melon). There is a creamy mouth feel and a mild buttery mouthfeel. After the initial flavors, cinnamon and oak shine through and take over.
Finish: Once the cinnamon and oak soften, the banana comes back for a final show. The finish is about 10 seconds and cinnamon stays throughout. There is no alcohol burn, even thought it is over 110 proof. It is a very smooth finish.
I am surprised that I find no floral notes in this as it is one of the main attributes that Four Roses advertises in this bourbon.
Overall: It is hard as there is not much I can compare it with currently. I do enjoy the drink and will give it a 8.5/10
Value: For $55 a bottle, I would just slightly drop it to an 8/10. I definitely recommend to get one and try it for yourself.
Cambridge Spirits, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA