Whiskey Review: Four Roses Small Batch Select

Four Roses Small Batch and Small Batch Select


Brand: Four Roses Small Batch Select
Distiller: Four Roses Distillery
Proof: 104
Age: 6-7 years

Label Notes:

  • Crafted from six unique bourbon recipes: OBSV, OESV, OBSK, OESK, OBSF, OESF
  • Non-Chill Filtered
  • Mingling of 6 & 7 year old bourbons


Color: Amber

Nose: A delightfully pronounced nose of red apple, black pepper, cinnamon, sweet caramel. After it sits a bit, tons of brown sugar comes out, with dark chocolate and graham cracker.

Palate: Starts off with a nice spicy oily mouthfeel. That fades to dark chocolate and oak.

Finish: Medium long with black pepper, dark caramel, chocolate covered raisins.


This reminds me of a dessert bread you’d eat around the holidays, like pumpkin bread or something similar because of the fantastic baking spices and caramel. This is especially true on the nose with some air, but holds true all the way through the finish.

The thing that makes this bourbon great is how it evolves. subsequent trips to the glass turn up new scents and flavors.

At $60 a bottle, it’s not cheap – but it’s better than many $60 bottles on the shelf in my opinion.

Rating: 7

Rating Overview:
1: Gross I can’t even drink this crap.
2: Poor I would force this down in good company
3: Bad I wouldn’t have to force it down, but it’s not good either.
4: Not Bad But still not good.
5: Just OK Average.
6: Good Above average, but not special.
7: Very Good Well above average.
8: Excellent This is a favorite of mine for sure.
9. Amazing I would bathe in this if I could afford to.
10. Life Altering Nothing could be better than this.

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