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.
Very drinkable for 104 proof. One of the richest of what I consider a moderately price bourbons. The spice flavor gives way to a nice okay medium to long finish. Definitely one I plan to keep in my bar.
I did not pick up most of the flavor profile. It was about average. The bottle is much nicer than the bourbon. Remove the labels and it’s a lovely vase.
Lovely at the price. Smooth caramel.
Very smooth and enjoyable. Nice bouquet on the nose. Full of flavor.
Thought it started very spicy and strong flavor. Had minimal character through the finish.
Strong sweet caramel aroma along with vanilla and spices, some red fruits and and chocolate. In mouth strong and sweet, with vanilla traces and long lasting aftertaste 👈
Nice bourbon. The Four Roses Single Barrelis smoother, but if you like a little spice and bite in the beginning, this is a great bourbon to try. It also has a very nice finish.
Wow! Nice bourbon. Sweet on the nose despite the high proof. Sweet with a nice bit of spice that lingered but not overpowering. Well balanced.....nice, long smooth finish. Great sipper.
Very nice. Full of flavor, molasses and brown sugar, smooth with a wonderful finish.
Fantastic bourbon. Very smooth for the 104 proof point. Well balanced. Really comes alive with a little water.
Not a huge fan of this one.
This bottle is fantastic! Smooth for the proof. Perfect balance of sweet and spicy, can really get the full effect of the NCF, lots of great flavor. The Four Roses small batch is great, but the small batch select is something totally unique and special. If you have a collection, this needs to be part of it.
Surprisingly smooth and sweet for 104 proof. Has a great mouth feel and a very nice finish.
I was looking for my first top shelf bourbon to add to the home bar. Reached for this because I love the yellow label. This did not disappoint. All the classic flavors you look for in a bourbon. It had 3 parts to me. A spicy start, mellow middle, and a symphony of flavors on the finish. Classic flavors but complex. Like the description I think this will serve noobs and snobs
Pretty incredible & unique. Smooth and not too sweet w/ a complex finish. Highly recommend!
Smooth, full flavor with just enough sweet.
I enjoyed Four Roses. It has a rich flavor. Great for relaxing.
I prefer the single barrel from 4R but this is enjoyable. Bit pricey for quality
A sweet and spicy nose that finishes with that warm woody coat you love in any good bourbon. My go to for days to just settle on the couch and take a break from life.
Great better version of 4R
Had a little bite with the higher proof, but a small splash of water definitely smoothed it out. Great flavor and very drinkable.
Wow, really impressive. Greatly preferred than single barrel.
WOW excellent whiskey
Smooth and easy to drink
More bite. Not smooth. Reminiscant of jack daniels with a better taste
This left a lot to be desired. A very drinkable dram, but not nearly as good as the single barrel offerings from Four Roses.
Beautiful colour and wonderful taste. Very smooth
1st, I'll comment that I like it. That said, for its list price, there are other bourbons that I prefer. Seems to lack a richness or depth which might be due to its limited aging. If you can find it for <$50, it would be a value.
It was spicy and strong. A small splash of water definitely opened the flavor up and smoothed it out.
Very nice. Smooth. I’m a beginner, so my descriptions will evolve, but this here is some good bourbon!
Somehow even better than the small bath or single barrel. A great treat of a bourbon.
A regular for me. Perfectly sweet and syrupy.
Spicy and sweet. Very nice!
Best I have had from this distillery so far
One of my favorite daily drinkers for the price.
Literally too rosy, tastes like perfume. I'll give it credit for it's namesake, but not enjoyable at all.
Bold spices followed by a sweet vanilla flavor. Overall a very good Bourbon.
Normally I find Four Roses a bit too light for my taste but this stuff is solid. Gets better and better as you work your way through the bottle.
Spicey on the front, but as you enjoy the mouthfeel the sweetness comes through. Solid sipper and it’s true a splash of water to you dram mellows and opens the other flavors up.
Very pleasant. Best way I can describe this is balanced -- booze, oak, sweetness -- but nothing dominates. I have never been disappointed by this distillery.
My new favorite! Super smooth with a warm finish!
Great bourbon that I can actually find and not have to worry about being priced gouged? Finally. I'm amazed social media hasn't ruined Four Roses to. Just a great company. SB, and Sib are great to.
One of my favourites. It has a slightly floral scent and tastes mildly sweet and nutty. It works well on the rocks and finished off with a slightly oak taste.
For the money I will stick with the small batch
Very nice, sweet, smooth bourbon.
Exactly what you expect from true bourbon roots. I almost felt like I needed a cigar while sipping, and I don't smoke. Thick and bold in flavor and smoothness. Definitely a top ten in my bourbon cabinet.
Very delicious, but the price is a bit high for what you actually get in the bottle. If you are a Four Roses lover then absolutely give this a chance
Dried fruit which resembles cherry and chocolate with notes of vanilla and nutmeg, slightly woody. Finish is warming and long.
On the banks of the Salt River, nestled in the quiet Kentucky countryside near Lawrenceburg, Four Roses Distillery is a testament to American ingenuity and perseverance. Built in 1910 to resemble the architecture of California wineries, the distillery — now listed on the National Register of Historic Places — was one of six distilleries that were granted permission to operate during Prohibition.
Following Prohibition, Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon became the top-selling bourbon in the United States. In 1943, Seagram's bought the distillery and a decade later, discontinued the sale of Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon. In 2002, the distillery changed hands again, and the new owner brought a renewed sense of purpose and vigor to Four Roses.
Bottled at a solid at 104 proof, Four Roses Small Batch Select marks the first permanent addition to their portfolio of premium Bourbons since 2006. This extra proof and non-chill filtered Small Batch Select has a richer profile more robust profile than the signature Four Roses. Made from six of the ten: OBSV, OBSK, OBSF, OESV, OESK, OESF, each of the bourbons in this small batch selection are six to seven years old.
Best on the rocks.
Excellent smooth taste
Excellent everyday sipping bourbon! Smooth, sweet with lots of caramel and vanilla.
If you enjoy Four Roses Small Batch, this is everything you know and love taken to that next level. Expect the dark fruit and vanilla notes of Small Batch with caramel taking a more prominent seat. And over the elongated finish savor the spicy and woody notes. I was anxious to try this bottle but a little gun shy about the price. That said this is now one of my favorite bottles.
Love it. Smooth as silk.
Smooth and flavorful. An excellent whiskey. I discovered this in a cocktail at the Swan resort in Orlando called Smoke and Roses. Four Roses, Contreau and a twist of lemon, hickory smoked in a smoke box. Fantastic.
Highly impressed as the spiciness stops just in time for the faint sweet caramel/fruit flavors to tickle the palate without any lasting lingering...just as I like it. This bourbon is one to be shared with friends and visitors alike. Very impressive!
Decent Bourbon. Spicy up front. Vanilla and oak finish.
A quintessential Bourbon. Spicy and flavorful with a long finish but it smooths out with each passing sip. Quality across the boards.
Smooth and flavorful!
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.