OBSK: This is everything I (we) love about Four Roses, and bourbon for that matter. Big bold rich chewy flavors of caramel and vanilla bean, complimented by a savory balance of tobacco and baking spices. The nose is a promise of what’s to come with a balance between sweet and savory that is warm and welcoming.
Aromas of mild tobacco, brown butter, butterscotch, clove and and caramel dominate the glass.
The palate delivers a bit of heat, but stands out well structured and balanced between the sweet and the savory spice. The more you sip the clearer it becomes. This is seriously good whiskey.
OBSQ: Q yeast is some of the most polarizing of Roses yeast strains. You either love it or you don’t. When you taste one like this it’s hard to see why anyone would disagree with it. The indomitable personality that is Q, on a good day is some out the best Roses out there.
Fruit. And lots of it. Some fresh and ripe, some stewed, dried and oxidized. All complimented by a rich sweet brown butter blanket. Swisher sweets, figs, and pecan pie. It’s like an after Thanksgiving dinner night cap. No velvet smoking jacket required.
The palate drinks under its weight class for the proof, weighing in just over 120pf. It’s a funky one, but in a ‘Godfather of soul’ kinda way. The more you have the more you feel it. -Joshua Thinnes
* Bottle pictured not actual bottle