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.
nick, if you like the general single barrel, when you get the opportunity, pick up a retailer's private selection of OBSV. it's the same recipe used in the general release but barrel strength. OBSK is my go to for single barrel selections, and i would recommend that without thinking twice.
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