Gonna switch gears a little bit this time around. Thanks to a suggestion from a fellow member, 2009 Four Roses Mariage is our BOTM for April 2010. I know this bourbon isn't distributed as widely as the last couple of BOTM's, but I'd like to try and cover all areas of the spectrum if possible. Cheers, and happy posting. Joe
My two cents, for what it's worth. Great nose! Spice with a little candy/floral? Taste, well..... the higher proof definitely gives it a punch, but not to the point that it's too much to handle. Definitely a tummy warmer though. Very spicy, cinnamon, with a little cloves and pepper. To me the finish is very interesting. Reminds me of Big Red or Dentyne gum. I have noticed the same thing in a couple of other bourbons, but not nearly as much as with the 09 Mariage.