This fall’s limited release bourbons so far have been amazing. The Old Forester Birthday Bourbon and the Yellowstone Limited Release were both outstanding. Before Thanksgiving I snagged a bottle of the Four Roses Small Batch 2019 Limited Edition. Really excited about this one.
This limited edition has a 21 year old high rye delicate fruit bourbon (OBSV), two fifteen year old low rye bourbons, one with slight spice and one with delicate fruit, and an eleven year old low rye delicate fruit bourbon. It weighs in at a healthy 112.6 proof. And I still love the non-chill filtered warning label which is also found on the Small Batch Select.
Color is a lovely light mahogany. On the swirl is a nice film and lovely long legs. The 21 year old bourbon in this batch is really showing off here. Nose has some lovely oak notes, fruit, graham cracker, and baking spice. On the palate, cherry cordial, cream, rye, followed by oak, cinnamon and Italian maraschino cherries. Long lingering finish that is juicy and not astringent. Medium rich mouthfeel.
Where other Four Roses limited editions have been short on oak, this one really has it without it being too much.
This is an utterly fine Four Roses limited release. To me, the addition of the oak to this bourbon really differentiates this release from the Al Young and the 130th. This is my favorite of the three.
2019 so far has been a great season for limited edition bourbons.