America – 55.05%ABV (sample ABV – actual bottle ABV is 56.2%, I think) – $90
Today I am taking a much needed Bourbon diversion. Four Roses whiskey is a new experience for me and I’m very thankful to Nick Clark for the sample!
Thanks also goes out to Stephen of the Malt Impostor for turning me on to the stuff!
One of the things I love about American whiskey is that, tasting & drinking the stuff makes me feel like a bad-ass American!
American whiskeys are bold, confident and generally provide a great in-your-face experience.
Being a lover of all things sophomoric, I can’t sip on a bourbon without thinking of this song:
Now that you’ve watched the video/listened to the song, we can review this whiskey!
On the nose — Surprisingly restrained nose for the high proof.
Marble rye and after a couple of minutes a nice spiciness begins to tickle my nose.
The heat is not my first experience however…
The initial assault is by a massive rush of of flavors – delicious toasty bread and butter.
Finish — The finish is very long. I’m overjoyed.
In sum — Very impressive – pleasing in many ways. Complex, robust and a total joy ride on the tongue. I wish the nose offered a bit more but the reward was actually tasting the stuff. For snowy days and hanging out by a fire or in your own little homemade igloo.