I have the single barrel waiting to be shipped to me from TX and on my recent trip there I picked up 2 of the small batch. One of which broke in the flippin' car. I. Am. So. Pissed. Although that rental was probably the best smelling car I've ever ridden in.
Good to hear it'll make it's way to Cali though!
My current bottle is okay but not the best FRSB I've had. The wood seems a little heavy in it. Some samples are better balanced. However this is the way with single barrel bourbons, you take the good with the less good.
I was just drinking some last night. For the last little sip, I threw in some water and found it interesting how the character of this bourbon came through even with a lot of water on top of it.
The key word here is balance. I can see how someone who likes fireworks from their whiskey might even consider the FRSB a little bland.
Maker's Mark prides itself on eliminating bitterness and creating a bourbon that is easy to drink and easy to like. Though I would not say they taste the same or even similar, FRSB is pursuing the same goal, I think.
To me, it's another egg in the basket, another way for bourbon to taste, and wouldn't it be a shame if they all tasted the same.
Col. Charles K. "Crotchety" Cowdery
"Whiskey Don't Keep."
I have re-visited my Four Roses Single Barrel from last Saturday night.
The spice seems to be a little more tame, which I like, but very much present.
I think I have a rival to my all time favorite which is Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit.
I am going to save a few pours of FRSB and compare it to WTKS when I open my next one.
According to a local distributor, Four Roses products (including SB) will be making an entry into the upstate NYS market sometime in June/July this year . Hopefully will be able to pick up a bottle from work soon if its true
That is good news. I sampled my current bottle recently and it confirms my high regard for this product. Each bottle is (I find) slightly different due to being from a single barrel, and some I've had in the past seemed better (better balance of barrel and distillery notes) but overall the profile is maintained to a high fidelity. I think this bourbon stands high not just in the ranks of recent releases, but of bourbon at any time.
I'd really love to try Four Roses, but I can't find it in my area.
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