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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Four Roses Small Batch: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Four Roses Small Batch
Four Roses Small Batch
Four Roses Small Batch scored very well with our panel. Kind of forgotten in the recent news about Suntory purchasing Jim Beam and Makers Mark, Four Roses has long been owned by the Japanese owned Kirin Brewing Company. That certainly doesn't mean there is anything un-American about the taste or quality, though. The nose on the Four Roses Small Batch bourbon is spicy sweet with hints of oak. It is fairly mild with a bit of a syrupy aroma laced with a pleasantly booze tinge. On the palate it is not as sweet as a lot of bourbons. Some vanilla and cinnamon are present, but mostly the flavor sticks to grains and wood. The finish is long and smooth with a lingering brightness that warms on the way down. It is complex yet balanced. A very good bourbon worthy of any collection!

Four Roses Small Batch 

Average Score 82.67


Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Jay DucoteEric Ducote, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y (though not undrinkable) while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 80 is rather extraordinary and anything above 90 is world class.