N: Nice, well-developed notes of rye which have a great, deep nuance. Almost reminiscent of super-fresh deli rye bread. Nice wood with it, giving depth. Almost has a lightly cedar quality. Lightly floral, a hint of black pepper. Black cherries, faint touch of maple syrup and a hint of orange.
P: Nice and sweet initially with a bit of darker fruit tartness. Creamy vanilla, nice gentle rye spiciness, light cinnamon and again a very faint touch of white pepper. Wood adds some depth again to the palate but it's not bitter. A little gentle heat but it's very even-tempered.
F: Slightly dry at first and opening on wood, picking up the cherry notes and a bit of the vanilla. Cinnamon adds a bit of heat for a moment as it dries and goes a touch bitter with a light hint of endive or romaine heart. Settles more on the vegetal notes and a bit of corn sweetness comes out.
Four Roses has a better than average track record for me. This standard OBSV single barrel bottling is just a classic execution. Great mix of sweetness and creaminess, but balanced well with spice and heat and some tartness. Not cloying, and the dry finish works well. For the price, one of the most consistently solid bourbons you can find regularly.