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Name: Four Roses Small Batch
Bottled By: Four Roses Distillery
Our Rating: 88%
Notes: On the nose Four Roses Small Batch has a nice spicy woodsy scent to it. At first sip you are hit with a very pleasant spice taste with some caramel, vanilla, and mint. I got a nice taste of dry oak as well which was very enjoyable. The finish is long and spicy with some vanilla, fruit, and black pepper. Four Roses Small Batch is spicy but very enjoyable. It has the perfect amount of spice in my opinion. This bourbon had a very good flavor profile; it is very enjoyable and priced right. I enjoyed this bourbon neat, on the rocks, and with a splash and enjoyed it best neat.
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Name: Pennypacker Bourbon
Our Rating: 84%
Age: 3 Years
Notes: On the nose Pennypacker has a nice wheat and spice scent to it. At first sip you can taste the wheat, some spices, and a noticeable anise flavor. The finish is short with a slight burn and similar flavors of wheat and anise. There is not a lot of flavor with this one. I tried this neat, on the rocks, and in a cocktail. It was definitely enjoyed best in a cocktail and did pretty well. For the price of around $22.00 there are probably a few better options in this category that most would opt for. I think if the price were lower it would be great for cocktails.
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Name: Four Roses Single Barrel
Bottled By: Four Roses Distillery
Our Rating: 93%
Notes: On the nose four roses has a pleasant wood scent, with vanilla and fruit notes. At first sip I tasted vanilla, caramel, cherries, and apricots with some noticeable spice up front, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper flavors. There is a nice burn that quickly fades to some sweeter notes. The finish is spicy with some vanilla, toffee, cinnamon, and wood flavors and is surprisingly long. Four Roses Single Barrel is great bourbon that provides some complex flavors as well as some burn. To me, this bourbon definitely stands out above some of the rest in the price range. It has a great flavor and the perfect burn that really warms you up. I tried it neat, on the rocks, and with a splash and enjoyed it best with a splash as it brought more flavor out. Four Roses Single Barrel is a fine addition to any bourbon collection.