Many times distillery tasting notes are hit and miss when it comes to actually describing what their bourbon tastes like. Four Roses is one company that seems to get it right more times than not.
One of the latest Four Roses private selection bourbons at Nasa Liquor is made from Four Roses’ OBSV recipe and is every bit as warm and buttery as the company describes it.
Consisting of 60% corn, 35% rye, and 5% malted barley combined with the “V” yeast strain, this is a beautiful blend of fruit and spice with an excellent mouthfeel. In fact, this is the same recipe found in every standard 100 proof bottle of Four Roses Single Barrel and possibly why Four Roses chose this recipe for their standard ongoing single barrel release. This is also an excellent example of how the variations from barrel to barrel and how barrel strength can change and enhance a bourbon.
The nose hits with aromas of orange and toffee that together produce a unique interplay. The palate packs a bit more spice than fruit, but it’s warm and buttery mouthfeel is what you’ll remember most about this bourbon. It helps bring an extra layer of depth to the palate, as its warmth does a lot to stimulate your taste buds. The flavors end rather abruptly on the finish while the warmth takes it time trailing off.
This is my favorite Nasa Liquor Four Roses private selection so far. It showcases everything that Four Roses does well. It’s well balanced, fruit-forward, and it offers a smooth body-hugging warmth I can’t get enough of.
At 119.4 proof it’s a bit lower than other barrel proof bourbons on the market, however this is quite high for a Four Roses barrel proof bourbon. This shows when you sip it, as its warmth does make it taste a bit hotter than the proof leads you to believe. As Four Roses private selections have become more in demand and their price has slowly increased over the years, when you come across an immensely enjoyable one like this, it's worth the plunge.
Be sure to check out Nick’s overview of Nasa Liquor’s other Four Roses private selection that offers a different tasting experience and to see how unique each different barrel pick can be.
-Eric - Profiled 07/2016
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Nasa Liquor is located in Houston about one mile from the Space Center. They specialize in whiskey and craft beer, catering to the growing whiskey enthusiast crowd. They pride themselves in keeping prices low, and from what we’ve seen everything is priced right around MSRP.
Nasa Liquor is involved locally with a bourbon society appropriately named “Space City Bourbon Society” which meets once a month to sample new bourbons. Nasa Liquor also hosts tastings of their private selections and new products once a month.
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