Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2012 Release
Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Warehouse SN, Barrel No. 81-2B, 12 Year Old OESK, 717 of 5178
52.5% ABV/105 Proof
$75 to $85
What the Distillery Says:
For the 2012 Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition Release, we have once again hand-selected an uncut and non-chill filtered Barrel Strength masterpiece. This sophisticated, highly-nuanced 12-year old whiskey features a delicate smokey oak nose, creamy vanilla and caramel flavors, along with a smooth, long finish. Proof will range between 100.6-114.4.
Nose: Delicate smokey oak, ripe red cherries, nutmeg and hints of toasted almonds.
Palate: Caramel and vanilla, rich honey, cinnamon and brown sugar.
Finish: Smooth and long with soft undertones of toasted almonds.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Out of the bottle it’s classic Four Roses. Burnt caramel, honeysuckle, butter cookies, and rye spice. Water opens up woody notes and hints of licorice. There is also some mixture of aged tobacco and cedar that reminds me of a walk in humidor.
Palate: Brown sugar and rye spice. This bottle has a tenuous relationship with water. A little mellows it out and makes it really drinkable but it’s easy to put too much. At that point it’s like drinking Yellow Label.
Finish: It’s 52.5% ABV out of the bottle so it’s a little hot. With water it mellows nicely to oak, black pepper, and a little more licorice.
Comments: I wasn’t bowled over by last year’s release. I found it underwhelming and overshadowed by the small batch limited edition. This year’s OESK 12 Year Old really shines. I first got to try this at a lunch with Jim Rutledge several months ago and instantly knew they had something. A lovely expression of one of my favorite Four Roses recipes.
Rating: Must Try
I would like to thank The Baddish Group for sending me a bottle to review.