2019 Four Roses "Limited Edition" Small Batch Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750ml)
Regular price $429.98
94 points Forbes
The color is a rich amber. On the nose, there are sweet caramel notes, along with spice notes of cinnamon, creamy vanilla custard and a bit of clove, baked apple, orange zest, some raspberry and a hint of peach. The spiciness becomes more pronounced as the whiskey opens up. There are oak notes in the background, along with some elements of old, polished saddle leather.
On the palate, the whiskey is sweet, spicy, with a pronounced ginger pepperiness. There are flavors of wood spice, principally cinnamon, dried fruit, along with a well-integrated but a noticeable wet oak note. The higher proof is readily apparent, producing a noticeable burn at the back of the mouth. The whisky is very smooth, with an oily consistency and an obvious palate weight.
The finish is long, sweet and fruity, with a lingering pepperiness that steadily builds.
The addition of a little water brings out spice notes on the nose and adds an even smoother, creamy texture on the palate. Definitely a whiskey to drink on the rocks or with a little water.
This is a superb whiskey. The 2018 Limited Edition went on to win World’s Best Bourbon at the recent World Whiskies Awards. The 2019 is even better. It offers intense, nuanced complexity and is priced at $140 per bottle—given its age, very reasonably priced.
Appearance 9/10, Nose 28/30, Palate 28/30, Finish 28/30, Overall Score: 94/100 (Joseph Micallef)