Thirty years ago, it was not easy to find good Bourbon outside of Kentucky. Much of what was marketed about the U.S., to say nothing of the world, was mass-produced whiskey with ho-hum flavor. Well, capitalism has a way of encouraging the makers of products to up their game, and today we are living in the best of all Bourbon worlds. Terrific products abound.
Not long ago, we spoke well of Four Roses standard Bourbon (“yellow label” as it is sometimes called), which delivers fine bang for the buck ($20-$22).
Here we are singing the praises of their upscale Small Batch ($30-$35) and Single Barrel ($40-$42) Bourbons. The Small Batch weighs in at 90 proof, and the Single Barrel at 100 proof. Both have won more than a few awards at spirit competitions.
The Small Batch is unbelievably smooth whiskey that shows caramel, barrel, corn…. Delicious. This is a real crowd pleaser. (Rating ****1/2)
Four Roses Single Barrel is a very different animal from the Small Batch. It is more reserved, less sweet, and a bit more herbal. It closes with a spearmint note. It is quite interesting, and probably would appeal to those who prefer to sip higher rye Bourbons neat. (Rating ****1/2)
Both of these products can be purchased online through our preferred retailer InternetWines.com.