Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Four Roses Single Barrel OESK

Four Roses is the only distillery which uses two mashbills and 5 yeast strains to create 10 distinct single barrel bourbon recipes. They differentiate each unique recipe using four letter designations. The first letter "O"(indicates production in Lawrencburg) and third letter "S" (indicates straight whiskey) are constants, while the second letter indicates the mash bill and the fourth letter indicates the yeast strain.

-117 proof

- 9 years, 7 months
-Mashbill "E": 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% barley
-Yeast "K": light spice, caramel, and full-bodied
-Price: $55

Nose: Vanilla bean and powdered sugar hover right on top of my glass. Cherries and a spike of mint follow. There is a substantial toasted oak presence as well as a whiff of cinnamon that is just mouthwatering. The overall bouquet is enhanced by a thick layer of baking spices.

Taste: Rich and flavorful. An intense spice coats the mouth with waves of black pepper, rye, and spearmint. The sweetness is reminiscent of a Moon Pie, with caramel, marshmallow, and a bit of graham crackers.  

Finish: Medium in length with an intense dry and spicy bravado.

Conclusion:  This OESK single barrel is simply delicious! It's full-bodied, complex, and well balanced. I love this particular recipe because it highlights the spice but doesn't over do it as it uses the lower rye mashbill. For the price, this is also an amazing value.  

My Rating:  A (Great)  

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