Four Roses 17y SB Gift Shop
Added on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 at 09:42 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 17 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 55.30 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only

Distillery gift shop exclusive, available on an irregular basis. This one was $55.

OBSV; Warehouse QS; Barrel 78-30. 

Member Ratings and Notes

N: Warm and woody, with dark fruits - plums, black cherries - jostling for attention against creamy vanilla aroma while deep wood notes provide a bed. Rye spicing is evident and slightly aggressive but not disagreeably so. 


P: Dry on the palate initially with plenty of wood; giving way to cinnamon and black cherries with a light bit of vanilla, slight toffee and faint maple syrup. Rye picks up right behind this, giving a nice kick and slightly floral note. Light orange balances the wood which starts to come to the forefront again.
F: Finishes dry with black pepper and oak, a little cinnamon and black cherries; rye spicies and a hint of nutmeg. 
Interestingly, the Four Roses creaminess is better developed at this age than at the usual 10y. The barrel notes have a strong influence and are powerful, but it's not tired or overoaked. Lively and flavorful, but deliberate with age. If Four Roses released this wide it could be a legitimate contender to the Pappy throne.  

The nose has a much more subtle rye influence than the 16 year old, but it's still there and grows as you continue to nose it. The first thing I get on the palate is a nice rye spice followed by more distinctive baking spices with clove and allspice, along with some chocolate; these spices fade nicely into the finish. This is a strong, spicy number.



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