The origin of the name “Four Roses” is a bit muddy – the most popular story says the distillery was founded by a druggist Rufus M. Rose, and that the four roses are his immediate family. What we do know for sure is that the company was established in 1888; that it was the only distillery that was allowed to operate during the Prohibition (medicinal alcohol remained legal – lucky doctors); and that they produce spankingly good Bourbon. The Master Distiller at Four Roses Is Brent Elliott and he came up with a ritzy and unique expression he calls Small Batch Select.
The exclusive line that joins Single Barrel, Small Batch, and Yellow Label, is a blend of six recipes, aged for 6 to 7 years. Four Roses produces ten base Bourbons and Small Batch Select utilizes the majority of them. It’s a completely new concoction that manages to be gentle and approachable despite being 104 Proof. Brent singled out eh “F strain” of yeast that was used for this release, saying it brings a complex character and a warm-spicy palate. Small Batch Select aims to please both the casual drinkers and Bourbon-heads. A little secret, though: adding a splash of water opens a whole new world.
It grows on you. The spice overpowers some of the complexities but after a glass that levels off.
Wonderful. Light notes of vanilla, candied ginger, with baking spices on the finish. Four Roses is always a great value and this drinks like a more expensive bourbon.
I enjoy over ice
Full of flavor and an oily mouthfeel. Pleasant and flavorful.
Spices on the front and oaky on the back end. I loved this whiskey. It is strong, but I didn’t find it unbearable. If you like a higher content whiskey this is a fantastic choice.
Sweet dark chocolate and a hint of fruit up front like most Four Roses, but a little more savory on the long finish. Excellent bourbon and I like it a great deal, but I also like the regular small batch almost as much. I will likely stick with that for everyday and go single barrel cask strength for special drams.
Very spicy! Just not my style.
Good balances over all bourbon.
Cocoa powder, oak and leather. Savory.
I really liked this bourbon. I can pour a dram and sip on it all night.
Smooth easy drinker. I loved this neat
Really wonderful bourbon. Caramel and vanilla on the nose and immediately on the palate. Get flowers later on the palate. Nice spice on the finish. Flavor profile is more complex than the small batch, but I'm not sure it's worth double the price. Very nice bourbon, but I'd take the small batch, which is aggressively priced for its high quality.
Solid bourbon and probably one of the best four roses I've ever had.
This is, by far, Four Roses best bourbon! The tasting notes of honey, cinnamon, fruity go down nicely with the buttery texture. This is my husband’s new favorite and it’s one we will always have on the bar cart!
This is a nice, smooth bourbon, nice initial effect, with a lingering taste. I enjoyed it very much.
I love Four Roses anyway, and this is my favorite. Baking spices for days on the nose, the taste is rich with cinnamon at the front and vanilla close behind. One of my absolute favorites.
Once you taste this, it might quickly become your favorite Four Roses. Capturing the spices and nuance of single barrel, but blended with the smooth small batch, this bourbon hits all the good things that Rutledge built and now Elliot is moving into the future with.
From the amazing color to the honey or cream flavor that hits your tongue. Followed by a balanced spice/smoke. All around a nice sipping flavor straight from the bottle .
Truly amazing taste! Robust and tasteful!
Too much spice / cinnamon for me to really enjoy. It’s tasty, but overwhelming on the cinnamon. I’d rather have a bottle of Bookers for that price.
So much cinnamon but a little one dimensional
Great accessible bourbon that it good cold, neat, or mixed.
The farther I made it down the bottle the more prominent the oak qualities became with the finish but upfront there is a pleasant vanilla and spice that leads into the oak finish. Highly recommend.
Smooth yet complex notes of honey, tobacco, and vanilla.
I have yet to find a better tasting whiskey I can drink straight.
Very spicy upfront and fades into fruit. By the second glass it was a nice drink. The oak is a nice touch compared to the fruity, short finish of the small batch. It’s not $30 better than the regular small batch. Fine at the right price but I wouldn’t keep it on my bar.
I wish I had a single barrel version on hand to compare with this. I dont. So this will have to stand on its own. Fruit. Floral. Sweet. Not much noticeable barrel influence. Nice product. Well balanced and enjoyable.
One of the best bourbons I’ve had recently. The nose is clear-cut traditional bourbon bites of vanilla, caramel, and cherries. The palate is pleasantly filled with oak, spice, brown sugar and sweet floral notes to a nice long cinnamon finish. Do yourself a favor a buy a bottle, or two!
Very smooth with just the right balance of spice and oaky sweetness flavors. Complex aroma that has a hint of fruity essence. Enjoy both neat and a hint of water.
Sweet and spicy but so smooth
Great taste and very smooth for the 104 proof.
Great taste, I'm hooked.
This is going to be hard to beat for a smooth sipping drink. Introduced my wife to Small batch bourbons and whiskies only to find out she “doesn’t like the hard stuff” and she hasn’t had the need to try others after Four Roses Small Batch hit her lips. This is now out “go to” and she’s always asking me keep it stocked. I would say that for the more distinguished connoisseur this is a premium dram. Can’t wait to visit the distillery this November!
First whiskey, goes down with a small burn but has the greatest flavor and finish.
I keep going back to this, smooth with some pepper but not too much. It's mainstream bourbon, but just a little (little) "different" almost in an earthy way. Words fail me. I don't salivate for it while headed to the cabinet like some others, but I'll pick it almost every time anyway. I guess I'm trying to say that it's not a nectar of the whiskey muses but, well, yeah it is in its own way. I know... completely unusable review but that's my story (and I'm stickin' to it).
I’m a Four Roses everything fan but this one wasn’t for me. A bit sterile and astringent tasting. Disappointed to say the least.
This is a very smooth whiskey with a lot of flavor. Currently my #2
I loved it. Very smooth from the first sip with a nice bold finish. Will be purchasing again!
Great addition to the Four Roses line up. Definitely like the higher proof with it being non-chill filtered. I put this one up there with the Single Barrel. Thank you Flaviar with offering this product as it is not yet available in my State.
Very good bourbon...even better when you add a touch of water
Good sweet, vanilla caramel start with a nice long oaky, cinnamon finish. Hints of spice in between. One of the better 4 roses I have tasted.
Favorite everyday bourbon.
I dont usually like four roses but this was great. Totally worth the money and i dont say that 0ften.
Much better than anticipated. Good balance of fruitiness and spice. Good mouthfeel and a finish that last longer than plenty of more expensive bottles... this is right up there with some of my favorite SiB offerings from 4R
Instantly jumps to the top of my favorite bourbons. Baking spices on the nose, tiny hint of oak in the back. Flavor coats the tongue: cinnamon, tangy fruit and wood. Pleasantly lingers a while.