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Four Roses Releases a Spicy, Limited Edition Bourbon

Jack Bettridge
Posted: May 11, 2012

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2012 Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon, tasted from barrel no. 81-2B from warehouse SN (105 proof or 52.5 percent alcohol, about $85 -$90)

APPEARANCE: Dark amber color and tight, slow legs.

NOSE: Big bouquet of caramel with charred smell of a toasty crème brulee. Then comes the candied smell of roots.

PALATE: Spice explodes immediately on the palate with strong cinnamon. As it calms, it reveals dried nuts as well as fruity notes of red berries that open up a bit with water, revealing cherries.

FINISH: Spice just keeps going on the back end with a lip-smacking quality. Lingers on and on.

CIGAR PAIRING:

Tatuaje La Vérite 2009 Churchill (93 points, Cigar Aficionado)

A Churchill puro made strictly from Nicaraguan components. A complex pairing with an excellent give-and-take. The cigar makes the whiskey even spicier and the whiskey becomes a sweetness-seeking missile to the cigar. As you smoke it down, more flavors reveal themselves, including the cigar’s innate coffee and leather and the whiskey’s fruity character.

Macanudo Royale Poco Gordo (91 points, Cigar Aficionado)

A squat cigar made in the Dominican Republic of Ecuador wrapper and filler from Nicaragua, the D.R. and Brazil with a Dominican Republic binder. The smoke exenuates the spiciness of this whiskey, but the whiskey seems to overtake the natural nutty and coffee notes of the cigar. However, the Macanudo seems to lengthen the already pleasant aspects of the Four Roses finish, making it go on and on.


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JONATHAN DREW — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  May 14, 2012 4:03pm ET

Nice one. An often underRated Bourbon, the Four Roses delivers a spice on this one that is unique. While it lacked the sweetness that I love in my style of bourbon, its is nice. Good story.

Best,
JD


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