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Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon
Crafted from Six Unique Bourbons
Please enjoy my Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon Review!
What is Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon?
Four Roses Small Batch Select is the newest addition to Four Roses’ main lineup. It was first introduced back in 2019 with limited availability, but now is significantly more widely available. At around twice the price of the Small Batch, Four Roses gives us 6 recipes instead of four, boosts the proof to 104, and delivers the bourbon non-chill filtered.
How is Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon Made?
Like the Four Roses Small Batch, the Small Batch Select is made by mingling together some of Four Roses recipes once they have reached full maturity at a minimum of 6-7 years of age. In this case, 6 of the recipes are used, as opposed to 4 of the recipes for Small Batch. Both bourbons share in common using both of Four Roses mashbills, B & E, and both use the K yeast strain. However, Four Roses Small Batch Select uses the V & F yeast strains, whereas Small Batch uses O. These six recipes are said to have the following flavor characteristics:
OBSV: Delicate Fruit and Rye
OESV: Delicate Fruit and Caramel
OBSK: Rye and Baking Spice
OESK: Baking Spice
OBSF: Delicate Rye and Mint
OESF: Herbs and Mint
So, when combined with the higher proof and non-chill filtering, this should have quite a different flavor profile than the Small Batch.
Let’s taste it:
🛌 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉Nose: Baking spices, butterscotch, vanilla, honey, pine; there’s also some sweet fruit flavors, like grape lollipop and apple; moderate alcohol
👉Taste: Baking spices, oak, butterscotch, honey, vanilla; full mouthfeel
👉Finish: Sweetness, vanilla and oak continue into the finish which is fairly long with a moderate burn
Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon has the rich flavors I expect from Four Roses. Not quite a Limited Edition, but the flavor profile has some similarities, at least to the latest 2021 release. That one is in a league of its own, and I’m still looking for a bottle, but I have tasted it 3 or 4 times now and love it. But I digress, although not really. If those are the kind of flavors you enjoy, then this bourbon should be right up your alley, and much easier to find than the Limited Edition. It must be the combination of mash bills and the higher proof that brings out flavors that are not found in the regular Small Batch.
But wait, there’s more!
I hope you enjoyed my Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon Review! If you would like to read some more, check out my Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon Review and my post: Four Roses Bourbon Recipes – The Basics. Cheers!🥃
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