They say it all began when the founder became smitten by the beauty of a Southern belle. She answered “Yes” to a proposal by wearing a corsage of four red roses. Ahhh. The rest is history or is it?
Four Roses was established in 1888. It is somewhat unclear where the name Four Roses comes from, as several different stories are told about. It was probably named for company founder Rufus Mathewson Rose, his brother Origen, and their two sons.
Around the end of the 1950s, despite the popularity of the brand, owners decided to discontinue the sale of Four Roses Bourbon in order to focus on sales of blended Whiskey. Four Roses continued to be unavailable as straight Bourbon in the U.S. for more than 40 years – until 2002, when they again focused exclusively on Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Four Roses distills ten separate Bourbons using two mash recipes and five yeast strains.
Trivia: Four Roses is the preferred drink of hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe.
Member Reviews and Ratings of Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
Spicy definitely taste the vanilla. Goes down smooth with a spice at the finish.
My go to burbon
Hands down, one of my favorite bourbons. A must for any bourbon lover.
Full Cask strength, 112-125 proof with excellent hints of caramel, vanilla, etc... definitely my go to bottle
I can’t say enough about how good this is.
One of my favorites. Currently have a bottle of the private selections from Friar Tuck (OBSV), but Barrel proof versus the 100 proof standard. Well balanced. Caramel, vanilla, oaky.
It's tasty, warms you right up in the winter months and will get you drunk enough to make poor life choices quite quickly. Mmmm...bourbon.
Nose: light vanilla, toasted coconut. Tasting Notes: astringent, lightly sweet, long warm burn. Finish: long warm peppery burn, lightly sweet end. A little lacking for sipping, but stands up nicely in an old fashioned or julep.
Sweet and easy drinking
My favorite, nice spice, nice finish
not the best taste
Outstanding... sweet maple and wood nose. Orange peel and anise on the palate with such an smooth yet spicy finish. This is so good!
One of my favorites
Solid selection. Toasted oak, caramel and vanilla.
A very good whiskey. It's a shame you can't list the recipe in your "details" as each single barrel is different. It has the recipe right on the bottle. A great woman's whiskey. My wife loves it. Neat.
I'm just getting into bourbon and I liked this one a lot. It has a kick, but is smoother than some and is full flavored.
My go-to favorite bourbon. Smooth and lingering flavors of caramel, fruit. Perfect for a late evening cigar conversation.
An extremely good whiskey. It is a wonderful balance of flavor and ABV. In a world of many premium bourbons and escalating prices, Four Roses Single Barrel is an outstanding choice and value. I might add, their distillery tour is highly recommended. I also appreciate their own unique style of creating flavor profiles.
Very flavorful. Floral and creamy as a bourbon should be. Super intense, you can feel it go all the way down to your stomach.
Excellent mix of flavors and smooth
Classic and timeless. Smooth finish with just a little bite. If you're a bourbon drinker, then you have to have this in your collection.
Super smooth great whisky not quite Blanton's but a damn fine single barrel
I find Four Roses Single Batch to be one of the most balanced bourbons on the market. It isn't as "caramel" as Maker's Mark. It isn't as "oaky" as Woodford Reserve, Larceny and Knob Creek.
As a mixologist/bar tender, I find that this bourbon works perfectly in an Old Fashioned! This is one of my favorite spirits!!!
Put bottle in freezer, when you want some pour it in a glass, no mixing needed. Great for sipping and sharing with friends.
Also goes great with homemade lemonade.
Great depth and flavor profile, agree w/flavor spiral. A beginning, middle, and end. Felt like 3 experiences. Recommended.
Great taste and very smooth
Well crafted and delicious not amazing but very good bourbon.
Friday after work when I want to unwind
Smooth and nice.
Enjoy, reminds me of the best of days taking me back again to remember good times had by all... smooth in a fine craft cocktail!
Smooth and tasty
Sit down. One or two cubes. Enjoy.
Very good every day Bourbon!
I enjoyed the floral notes and bounty of flavors here.
Floral, sweet, and smooth. Both this and their small batch are excellent, both in price and quality. Tastes deceivingly like a bottle twice the price. Enjoyed neat or with a few rocks. Because this is warm, smooth and not too boozey, it is a great steppingstone for introducing a friend to the world of bourbon.
Nice, easy drinking bourbon.
Sweet / spicy
I like this whiskey its smooth compared to jack daniels
One of my favorite drinks, goes great with sweet cigar.
Good flavour. Found it a bit harsh out of the bottle. But smoothed out nicely with some air and a bit of ice. Great for the price
This is probably my favorite so far. Good flavor and very smooth
I enjoyed it. Thought it mellowed out nicely with ice
My go-to bourbon. Excellent served neat.
I found it a bit harsh, though it mellowed nicely as ice melted. Finish was lingering, but a bit biting. I'm not getting the characteristics most seem to be. Will give it another run.
This One is very lite and sweet....
a good one for a small party to enjoy....
Super tasty. Love the way they age there barrels
I think that in 1963 it cost $4.99 for a fifth. Now.....wow
Excellent Bourbon in my opinion. Smooth oaky caramel with a very long finish that enjoyably stays with you for a little while.
Couldn't believe it was from Four Roses. They have quite a history to overcome.
Very smooth, a whisky for a less experience drinker. Sweet, honey, caramel, fruity, oak, nutty. This is one nobody wouldn't drink. The nose is not as good as a average SM in this category, typical Bourbon. It lacks a depth of a older single malt and the aftertaste is short, but I recommend this if your more a Lowland or Speyside drinker. I bought it in the sale for just € 26. So much better than Jack Daniel's Black. It's even a match against Chivas 12, Glenfiddich 12 and Glenlivet 12, totally different and therefore interesting to have it aside your classic SM. Not a disappointment, nice bottle. 50%!
Smooth, slightly sweet. Makes a great old fashioned.
Love the long finish
Maybe the best thing I've ever put in my mouth.
Smooth with a hint of citrus.
Of the Bourbons pack this was undoubtedly my favourite. Smooth and refined it was to my taste head and shoulders above the others. I may even have to buy a whole bottle.