Four Roses Single Barrel Private Selection
Recipe OBSO, 11 years and 4 months old
OBSO 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
“O” distinguishes the yeast strain used. This specific one impacts more of a robust fruity flavor onto the distillate
What Richard Says:
Nose: Lush and fruity…poached red pears, orange zest, maraschino cherries, brown sugar, and a subtle mint backbone.
Palate: More cherries, orange marmalade, caramel syrup, and oak pervade. There is something else deliciously out of grasp that I can’t put my finger on.
Finish: Heavier on the oak than anything would foretell. Black pepper and a pinch of cayenne sneak up on you but a little water tames that right down.
Comments: I don’t necessarily have a favorite Four Roses recipe per se but this may be my favorite bottle ever purchased at the gift shop. This is a sterling example of the “robust fruity flavor” this recipe is supposed to bring to the table. Absolutely delicious.
Rating: Must Buy