Four Roses ‘Yellow label’ Bourbon 40% ABV

four roses

One of the classic budget bourbons made up of whiskeys aged between 5 and 6 years of age. I’ve had the pleasure of devouring a 1970’s bottle of this, which was epic. I have another which I haven’t opened (yet).

Appearance: Nice dark gold/honey in colour. Again, nice and viscous, good legs.

Nose: Four Roses nose: Confectionary sugar, honey, oak, spice and there’s also a very agricultural side to the nose. Corn, malt earthy aromas too. There’s also citrus on the nose, lemon and maybe grapefruit too. The oak notes are really nice in Four Roses generally (as a brand), this particular bourbon is no exception.

Palate: Palate: A little watery, in taste and mouthfeel. Sweet sugary notes, the oak is still there as well as honey and that citrus side too. Orange sweetness. Baking spices and blackjack sweets.

Finish: The finish for me is the liquorice sweets, orange and a touch of mild spice, maybe some black pepper too. Medium in length.

Overall: It’s a great entry-level bourbon, both in terms of cost and drinking experience. There’s nothing offensive or overbearing, it’s just an easy-going drink.

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