Four Roses Single Barrel Private Selection
Recipe OESV, 10 years and 9 months old
OESV 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.
“E” mean that this is the lower rye content of the two mashbills that Four Roses uses, specifically 75% Corn, 20% Rye, and 5% Malted Barley
“S” means that it is Straight Whiskey by U.S. Regulatory definition, again all their products carry this designation
“V” distinguishes the yeast strain used. This specific one impacts more of a delicate fruity flavor onto the distillate
What Richard Says:
Nose: When you first open the bottle a big dose of brown sugar comes wafting out. As it opens up I get more of a stewed stone fruit presence. With a fair addition of water it’s more of a light tropical fruit mix. Kiwi, passion fruit, and a bit of pineapple.
Palate: Rich, thick, and chewy. A real brawler on the palate. Again, this takes water very well leaving a smooth fruity sweetness of kiwi syrup over poached pears and brown sugar caramel.
Finish: This one finishes very heavy on the wood and mint.
Comments: I’m really more of a “B” higher rye mashbill kind of guy when it comes to Four Roses recipes. However, every now and again I come across one from the other side of the fence to reinforce my acquisition disorder of having both on hand in the whiskey closet. This is not the best example but it’s still damn tasty.
Rating: Stands Out