Four Roses Single Barrel Private Selection
Recipe OBSK, 9 years and 5 months old
OBSK is currently only available as a private selection bottling at the distillery gift shop or possibly at a local liquor store near you. Unlocking the recipe codes goes like this…
“O” starts all of Four Roses’ recipes and only means that it is made by Four Roses in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.
“B” mean that this is the higher rye content of the two mashbills that Four Roses uses, specifically 60% Corn, 35% Rye, and 5% Malted Barley
“S” means that it is Straight Whiskey by U.S. Regulatory definition, again all their products carry this designation
“K” distinguishes the yeast strain used. This specific one impacts more of a slightly spicy character onto the distillate
What Richard Says:
Nose: Vanilla extract, cracked black pepper, cinnamon Red Hots, and wintergreen mint.
Palate: Another big hit of cinnamon Red Hots followed by vanilla creme brulee and 5th Avenue chocolate and toffee bars. Fighting it’s way to the front is a spicy mixture of cayenne, and habanero pepper notes. This one bites back!
Finish: Fresh mint and more vanilla play against another cayenne kick before it fades out to a medium oak finish.
Comments: I’m a little partial to this barrel because I helped pick it out. Even still, I step back and really appreciate the depth here. OBSK seems to be a pretty popular pick. More often than not I find store barrel selections in this recipe. I think that tells that it’s a drinkable approachable bourbon but also that you would have better luck finding an OBSK than many other recipe selections.
Rating: Must Try