Unlike the standard Four Roses Single Barrel product released at 100 proof, private selection picks are often bottled at barrel proof. For a 111 proof, there’s more alcohol on the nose than I thought would be present. Hiding behind the alcohol, you’re also greeted with traces of light wood and vanilla.
The recipe for this private selection of Four Roses is OESF. It consists of 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% malted barley, and consists of yeast that is normally more herbal. Vegetative is certainly an apt description for this bourbon. The palate starts off with a ever so slight dose of mint upfront followed by white pepper, new wood, vanilla, and dry nuts along with a very large herbal, almost grass-like essence rounding it out.
The finish is a large upfront hit of rye spice that quickly peters out into flavors of old wood, leather, and dried fruit which slowly fill your mouth and linger for a while. Taking into account the high proof and herbal undertone of this bourbon, I’d recommend this to anyone who’s looking to pair a nice cigar with a bourbon.
If you like the standard Four Roses Single Barrel, but haven’t had a chance to sample Four Roses private selection picks, you should try to seek them out. Each recipe is different, and the barrel proof varieties offer an experience that’s completely different from the standard single barrel offering.
-Jordan - Profiled 4/2015
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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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