Four Roses Blooming with New Single Barrel Bourbon
Posted: April 19, 2013
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PALATE: Once again, it opens up very fruity-red berries, cherry, citrus-then turns to the expected spice with-ginger cinnamon and tarragon. Despite a zesty interlude, this whiskey remains resolutely sweet.
FINISH: The ending is long and luxurious with plenty of fruit, but includes cocoa, nuts and toffee.
NOTE: A small amount of water or an ice cube is a welcome addition (especially at the proof at which we sampled it). This will open it up quite a bit to its spicy and nutty charms.
CIGAR PAIRING: La Flor Dominicana Oro Tubo Maduro No. 6 (6 inches by 54 ring gauge, $12.50, 88 Points, June 2013 Cigar Aficionado). This cigar is big, dark, and oily. Initial puffs reveal a strong, woody backbone finessed by some coffee flavor and dried-fruit notes. A bold smoke. We picked the La Flor out of curiosity: How would its charred woodiness meld with the fruity sweetness of the whiskey? The experiment paid off as the Four Roses revealed depth and complexity in the cigar, with the coffee turning a bit creamy and the dryness of its fruit becoming sweeter. The whiskey didn't benefit quite as much, but still became more rounded and spicy.
Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill (5 1/8 inches by 55 ring gauge, £19.78, 93 points, June 2013 Cigar Aficionado). The dark, oily appearance of this fat robusto hints at the hearty espresso and bittersweet chocolate notes that layer the palate with each puff. The smoke is dense and chewy. This pairing choice was a bit more conventional and as such was not as much a surprise when it turned out so good. The Cuban became more honeyed and mellow with the Four Roses. The whiskey, while already full-bodied with its fruitiness, took on chunkier, more chocolate notes and showed off its inherent spiciness. Brilliant pairing.
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firoz sabuz — kushtia, khulna, Bangladesh, — April 20, 2013 2:51am ET
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