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    Four Roses For the Novice

    Four Roses seems to make a bewildering variety of bourbons.

    For a newbie, which are the best ones to start with?

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    Re: Four Roses For the Novice

    Quote Originally Posted by Alden View Post
    Four Roses seems to make a bewildering variety of bourbons.

    For a newbie, which are the best ones to start with?
    I'd recommend starting with the standard Small Batch and Single Barrel.

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    Re: Four Roses For the Novice

    I recommend the standard yellow label Four Roses, 80 proof.

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    Re: Four Roses For the Novice

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    I recommend the standard yellow label Four Roses, 80 proof.
    I like Four Roses but the yellow label taste way too watered down for my taste. Especially knowing how good it can be.
    I'd go with a single barrel OBSV. Lower rye with good red fruit flavors.

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    Re: Four Roses For the Novice

    I had a sip. Contrasted it with OGD. Nothing alike.

    There is a flavor, or flavors, in the 4R SmB that is/are unlike any I have tasted in any bourbon so far.

    It almost tastes like corn to me, and I have never been able to pick that out in any other bourbon for some reason.
    He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway

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    Re: Four Roses For the Novice

    I just tried the regular 80 proof 4R for the first time tonight, and even though it has less flavor than it's stronger siblings, it still has the luscious 4R mouth feel.
    I then blended it with OGD BIB at 50/50, and it was just terrific. If you haven't tried this, you must!

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    Re: Four Roses For the Novice

    Quote Originally Posted by black mamba View Post
    I just tried the regular 80 proof 4R for the first time tonight, and even though it has less flavor than it's stronger siblings, it still has the luscious 4R mouth feel.
    I then blended it with OGD BIB at 50/50, and it was just terrific. If you haven't tried this, you must!
    Funny you mentioned this. I was thinking of doing the same thing.
    He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway

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    Re: Four Roses For the Novice

    I'm also a Four Roses newbie. I started with the FR Small Batch, and just upgraded to the Single Barrel. For the extra $8 (Chicago prices) I'm very glad I got the FRSB. The Small Batch was very nice, but the Single Barrel is amazing. Very smooth, even at 100 proof. More peppery. More complex. Longer finish.

    I'm still glad that I tried the Small Batch first. It's a fine bourbon. But now I'm spoiled.

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    Re: Four Roses For the Novice

    Just went to Total Wine and Spirits and HOLY COW it's like the Walmart of booze at that place. Except without all the trashy people.

    I saw 4 Roses Single B for $40.00, OGD 114 for $25, and a bunch of ryes I never even heard of.
    He made himself another drink and thought how much better the Perrier was than anything else you could put in whisky... Hemingway

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    Re: Four Roses For the Novice

    Quote Originally Posted by Alden View Post
    Just went to Total Wine and Spirits and HOLY COW it's like the Walmart of booze at that place. Except without all the trashy people.

    I saw 4 Roses Single B for $40.00, OGD 114 for $25, and a bunch of ryes I never even heard of.
    And so it begins...

 

 

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