Four Roses Small Batch Select Whiskey 52% ABV

four roses small batch select

Four Roses Small Batch Select is the first permanent addition to the range made with Brent Elliott as the Four Roses master distiller, bringing together six of the brand’s ten recipes. It’s the OBSV, OESV, OBSK, OESK, OBSF, and OESF recipes.


Appearance: Autumnal auburn. A series of short thick trails form quickly atop a viscous film. The beaded swirl mark appears sticky and sits beneath a few droplets.

Nose: A decent level of ABV. Cherry forward with vanilla ice cream and honey. Plenty of oak too, as you’d probably expect. Some petrichor and burnt orange.
A Christmas spices element emerged after a little more nosing, which brings with it a balance against sweet notes.

Palate: Fairly thin mouthfeel with a mild to medium ABV spice note. The vanilla, honey, Christmas spices and oak are all joined by black pepper and a little aniseed heat.
There’s a savoury note too now, along with an ever-increasing pepper heat.
Cherries in syrup and milk biscuits now.

Finish: The spicier notes last the longest. The sweeter notes fade after a short while.

Overall: It’s ok, nothing special and I’d probably go for the standard Four Roses over this.

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