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    Re: War of the (Four) Roses: Single Barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by kyrocklover View Post
    Barrel 2 of the 16YO OBSV is the best bourbon I have ever tasted.
    I've not seen this edition. Any ideas where to find it readily?

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    Re: War of the (Four) Roses: Single Barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by spinningrecords View Post
    I've not seen this edition. Any ideas where to find it readily?
    It was only sold at the distillery gift shop late last year.

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    Re: War of the (Four) Roses: Single Barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by T Comp View Post
    I love most 4Rs (Yellow label definitely not) but don't you find it really unbourbon like?

    Serge Valentin described the 4RSB as tasting like "oak liqueur". I don't really think of it like that, but I can see how the description fits, and I think it's an awesome tasting note.

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    Re: War of the (Four) Roses: Single Barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by dohidied View Post
    It was only sold at the distillery gift shop late last year.
    I bought it at the distillery.

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    Re: War of the (Four) Roses: Single Barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by bad_scientist View Post
    Serge Valentin described the 4RSB as tasting like "oak liqueur". I don't really think of it like that, but I can see how the description fits, and I think it's an awesome tasting note.
    I've tried a lot of 4R, and Oak is not something that I would say is very prevalent in any of them.

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    Re: War of the (Four) Roses: Single Barrel

    I enthusiastically agree with what has been stated about ratings. Everybody's palate is different. SMOWK's baffling dislike of 4R is a good example.

    It's a rookie mistake to assume that high age always equals high quality. The rye version of Vintage 17, ER 17, Pappys 20 & 23, 4R 100th anniversary 17 y/o are all among the most disappointing and dull whiskeys I have ever tasted. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of age statements, but one of the great things about bourbon is that there are some very tasty options at single digit ages and in the NAS category.
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    Re: War of the (Four) Roses: Single Barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by SMOWK View Post
    Why does anyone care so much about what others think about a whiskey? Four Roses...
    Sky... now I know you are a closet 4R drinker and to some degree coming around to some of their more interesting offerings....

    As for why people care about what others like.... well 90% (my estimate) of folks fail to trust themselves and prefer others tell them what they should like.....
    "The most futile and disastrous day seems well spent when it is reviewed through the blue, fragrant smoke of a Havana Cigar"

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    Re: War of the (Four) Roses: Single Barrel

    Anyone tried more recent distillery-only bottlings? Last month they had barrels 5 through 7 bottled.

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    Re: War of the (Four) Roses: Single Barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    SMOWK's baffling dislike of 4R is a good example.
    Quote Originally Posted by cigarnv View Post
    Sky... now I know you are a closet 4R drinker and to some degree coming around to some of their more interesting offerings....
    Josh, Make no mistake, it's not that I dislike 4R, I just find it is at or near the bottom of my ranking of distilleries. It is still a head and shoulders above any non-bourbon distilleries in the world. I like age, the older the better, and 4R just doesn't offer much in this realm. The ones that are "old", just don't taste like it. I have yet to find a bourbon that was too old, yet I shall keep trying.

    Reid, I keep trying and buying. Being an IT guy, I spend a lot of time in closets and under women's desks. I love me some cougar bourbon.

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    Re: War of the (Four) Roses: Single Barrel

    Quote Originally Posted by SMOWK View Post
    Reid, I keep trying and buying. Being an IT guy, I spend a lot of time in closets and under women's desks. I love me some cougar bourbon.
    That's about the best job recruitment pitch I've ever heard

 

 

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