Drunken Whiskey Review: Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection: Pinot Noir Finish

Intro

Woodford Reserve Distillery (or if you want to be technical slash call it by a shittier name) the Brown-Foreman Distillery basically puts out a unique whiskey every year under the Woodford Reserve Special Edition Label. In November of 2014, they went with a bold take on whiskey: to mix it with some wine. In theory it sounds great- the wine and whiskey communities overlap in tons of ways. Both care about aging, both care deeply about the ingredients and where they’re from, and whiskey and wine fans alike can appreciate subtleties and taste notes. So what they did was take the full strength, fully matured Woodford Reserve and age it in Pinot Noir wine barrels for another 10 months. The end result was about 30,000 bottles of 90-proof whiskey-wine. Needless to say, we were very intrigued and needed to give it a good ol’ review.

Flavor

I gotta be honest here. Have you ever gotten one of those weird colds/flus in the summer? Where you maybe had to drink some cherry cough syrup to get rid of the cough, and then walked outside in the heat because since you’re already sick, you might as well make it a party with some more cough syrup. Only issue there is you begin to stink like weird sweaty cherry? That’s oddly what this whiskey smells like when you pour it in a glass. And everyone knows that your taste is directly connected to your smell. So the beginning experience of drinking this stuff isn’t great. Then the overall taste of this bourbon is legitimately just a mixture of shitty wine and weird whiskey. The combination of both takes away from both- it neither tastes like good wine or like good whiskey. You know those weird kids back in middle school who loved to mix sodas together from the soda machine? They’d come back to your table with a mixture of Mountain Dew and Cherry Coke and tell you it was amazing- except when you tried it it tasted like piss? It’s a little harsher of an example but that’s not far off from this flavor. And from Woodford, I was shocked.

How to Drink It

The more I think about it, I might have just been missing the bigger picture. Didn’t see the trees through the forest. The best way to drink this whiskey is to save it for when you’re sick. How did people back in the 40’s stave off the plague? They didn’t. But how do people in 2017 stave off a cold? You drink some cherry flavored whiskey/wine/cough syrup and go about your life. I think I just convinced myself that this shit is amazing, it’s just severely mismarketed. This shouldn’t be in packies. This should be in CVS’s across the country.

Final Thoughts

There are some things in life that need to be separated. I guess whiskey and wine are one of them. What’s the obsession with using whiskey barrels for beer and wine barrels for whiskey? Can we all just use our own shit? I have yet to taste a bourbon-beer or a whiskey-wine that doesn’t suck. Really thought Woodford would be the people to pull it off, but this just flat out misses the mark. Unless you’re sick, in which case it creates a nice double jeopardy situation for you where you’re sick, add in gross whiskey, two rights make a left, you’re healthy again.

 

Rating:

 

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Drunken Whiskey Review: Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey

Intro

You’ve probably seen Eagle Rare Bourbon at your local liquor store and/or at a bar recently. It’s god damn everywhere. And you know what else? You’ve probably done a quick hop over to the Google Machine to try and figure out if it’s any good. You’ve probably taken a gander at some websites reviewing this whiskey, and you’ve probably closed your browser with a scowel on your face. No, not because you’re just plain ugly and that’s your everyday resting ugly face, but because you haven’t read Whiskey on the House’s Drunken Whiskey Review of Eagle Rare Bourbon yet, dumbass. So pour yourself a glass if you have it in front of you, or if you’re in the liquor store right now trying to figure out whether or not to buy it, read on.

Eagle Rare is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon coming out of the Buffalo Trace Distillery, where it’s both distilled and bottled. It’s 90-proof, aged 10 years, and is relatively cheap at $30 bucks for a 750 mL bottle.

QUICK LIQUOR STORE ANSWER: Try it.

How to Drink It

Listen to me right here. Drink this shit full strempf or on the rocks or go the hell home. This whiskey is a lot like Gronk of the Pats. Looking at him, he’s fucking huge and powerful. Big dude. But then you see that he’s really just the guy giggling at someone saying “69” at the party somewhere, so you know he has a soft side. And what do the Patriots do with Gronk? Belichick tells him simple instructions and doesn’t try to overdo anything. “Gronk go up, gronk get ball, come down with ball, Gronk hug Brady. Got it, Gronk?” That’s a word for word excerpt from last week’s gameplan session. That’s exactly what Eagle Rare is. Fucking awesome at what it does, but don’t get fancy with it and mix it in a drink. Give it some ice or take it full strempf and you’ll be good to go. Ice and/or full strempf lets the power of this whiskey shine through without trying to make it in to something it’s not.

Flavor

Ok so this is going to sound real strange. But this whiskey tastes like the whiskey that I’d imagine farmers and other men’s men’s men drink on the ranch. Like the kind of whiskey that Uncle Bo pours out of something that looks like it should have flowers in it but instead it holds whiskey. It’s a wicked well-rounded whiskey. You first get hit in the face with the 90-proof, but then everything just kind of evens out. There’s nothing here that’s jumping out at you in a negative sense- it’s just good. And that power I was talking about before? It comes in the form of almost tasting like a rye, but without the edge of big time spiciness. If every single whiskey you’ve ever enjoyed fucked and had a kid, and then that kid grew up and learned how to distill whiskey on its own, that whiskey would be Eagle Rare Bourbon. And you’d have some weird probably mangled up looking whiskey child who likes to distill his own kind in a lab that would DEFINITELY be located on a farm. I was wondering how I was going to explain the fact that I said this whiskey tastes like it’s on a farm, and there it is. That’s professional get drunk and write whiskey reviews for ya.

Wrap Up

This is actually one of the few whiskies that I prefer drinking at a bar over drinking at home. Which is stupid because it’s always way, way cheaper to drink at your house, and that’s one of the major selling points of this whiskey. But I digress. Give this whiskey a try. I can definitely see how someone might drink this and think that it’s either boring or bland, but I don’t feel that way and I’m the one with the god damn website not you, buddy. Drink up.

 

Drunken Whiskey Review: Woodstock Hot Licks Bourbon and Cinnamon Liqueur

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Intro

It takes a man to admit he was wrong. I spent a large chuck of my life believing that any type of cinnamon “whiskey” was the drink of college girls and men with hairless balls.

Woodstock Hot Licks Bourbon slapped me in the face with the dick of truth, and showed me that not all cinnamon whiskies are created equal.

How to Drink it

“I take motherfucking shots of this stuff every morning, noon, afternoon, tea time, evening, night – fuck I even take shots of this shit when I’m asleep. It gives me wet dreams. Its the fucking best fucking shit I’ve ever fucking had the opportunity to take fucking shots of. Fuck.” – Edgar Allan Poe.

 When I first read that quote from my dear friend Mr. Poe, I thought to myself “I need to get that tattooed on my balls”. So I did. Unfortunately, I ran out of sack halfway through the quote. Some might consider this a short sighted disaster, but I don’t. You see, as I grow older, my balls will hang lower. Every year or two I’ll have a little more sack to continue the quote. Mr. Poe may have passed, but he will continue to speak to me for years to come. My scrotum will act as a medium to connect me to the afterlife.
The moral of the story kids, is that this is the best whiskey for taking shots.

Flavor

You pour 1.5 ounces into your cheetah print shot glass that reads “sassy bitch”. As you raise the glass to closer to your face the strong cinnamon smell creeps up your nose and the erection is instant. As you close your eyes you breathe in, and toss the shot down your throat. The sweet and spicy taste is orgasmic. The cinnamon taste so real that you can almost taste the powdering of real cinnamon on your tongue; A phantom sensation you just can’t shake. But the honeymoon is over; You breathe out and wait for the kick…but it never comes. You open your eyes, surprised and pleased; Pouring yourself another, you remember why you’re so intoxicated this early in the night.

Wrap Up

What in the house of fucks.

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Drunken Whiskey Review: Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon

Intro

Wild Turkey Rare Breed is a 54.1% ABV bourbon. What makes this a rare bird is it’s a Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 9.23.36 AMcombination of Wild Turkey’s 6, 8, and 12-year old stocks. Now I know what you’re thinking. Hey, this bourbon is wicked high in alcohol, let’s take some shots! No no no silly. This bird is a rare one, and she is majestic. Let’s get into it. Let’s also try to see how many horrible bird puns I can make in one blog post! Ok, now let’s spread our wings and fly into this review.

How to Drink It

Building off of that, drinking it full strength is fucking perfect. There’s a lot going on in this whiskey, and to fully experience it’s unique-ness, you should drink it full strength and just gobble it down. If you feel like punishing your body for some strange reason, put away your leather whip and take a shot of this stuff. It’s smooth and goes down easy, but this stuff is not meant for shots. In terms of cocktails, it mixes fairly well, but you’d think it would stand up to other flavors better than it does, as we noticed it sort of got lost in the mixed drinks.

Flavor

Ok here is where the meat of this review will lie. From when you just lift your glass up to your mouth, you definitely get a scent of nuts, and I don’t mean old saggy turkey nuts, but roasted nut aromas. At first sip the flavors include things like citrus, maybe orange or lemon, and a little bit of a tobacco flavor. I don’t know if those two things could be any more opposite but that’s just what I tasted. The aftertaste is just warm. That’s really all I could come up with to describe it. It tastes warm, it feels warm, and it will leave your tongue feeling warm. I also got a spicy flavor at the very end, like pepper spicy. Definitely a whole lot going on, and you can tell it’s because of how Wild Turkey combined their different ages of whiskey for this Rare Breed. However I couldn’t really get a great feel for this whiskey. I liked all the individual flavors themselves, but together I’m not sure if they fit. It’s not like there was too much going on flavor-wise or anything, it just tastes like a whiskey that sort of has too many things it’s trying to accomplish. So there’s a real give and take to the process they use for this whiskey. It combines a lot of great flavors, but all the flavors sort of end up running around like a bunch of seagulls at a Wal Mart parking lot.

Wrap Up

I think the big thing with this whiskey is just that it’s so high in alcohol, but it’s incredibly smooth. I’m talking smoother than most 40 %-ers. The flavors are there, the finish is great, but the smoothness is really what sets it apart in my book. Definitely a must try even if you’re not the biggest Wild Turkey fan.

 

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Drunken Whiskey Review: George Dickel Tennessee Whisky Classic Number 8

Intro

I’ve said it a million times up to this point. George Dickel is a straight up legend simply on name alone. If you’re drinking George Dickel Tennessee Whisky and not asking people to “sickle my dickle” at your next party, you might as well give yourself a good old fashioned neutering.

George Dickel Tennessee Whisky is currently in the middle of a hot debate. Everyone wants to be called “Tennessee Whiskey” but no one wants to actually define whatever the fuck that actually means. This whiskey is 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% malted barley. It’s 40% booze, and is aged for roughly six years. Like most Dickel’s, it’s sold at a very reasonable price, and backs a pretty decent bang for the buck.

How to Drink It

I’m actually going to go with a curveball here. I have to say that the number one way to drink George Dickel Classic #8 is with shots. Shooting this stuff is a beautiful thing. It’s basically the road runner from the cartoons bottled up in liquid form. Four shots later and you’re buzzing around your town, breaking into Dunkin Donuts with a shot glass in your hand, demanding they “turbo shot your Dickel.” This ties directly in with the price tag as well, because you always need a good shooting whiskey on hand that’s cheap.

Conversely, sipping this stuff full strempf is awesome too. You can really get the full flavor profile if you sip this stuff slow. However I can’t really recommend making any drinks with it. We were able to make a pretty decent Old Fashioned with it, but that’s never really the benchmark, since there’s pretty much no such thing as a shitty old fashioned. Stick to the shots and you should be golden.

 

Flavor

There’s a very real spice kick to George Dickel #8. If you’re into spicy, suave, and flat out charming Dickel’s, this whiskey is for you. It starts out with an extremely bold start. From there, the actual flavors themselves include spice, caramel, penis/dickel, and actually a surprisingly full-bodied finish. Why do I say the finish is surprising? Because we should all know by now that Dick(els) only finish in surprising ways, amirite ladies?

 

Wrap Up

Overall George Dickel #8 is a solid whiskey. It definitely won’t rock your dick off, but it will at least provide a solid flavor profile, penis puns, and it will certainly get you drunk off your ass. And that’s all anyone really cares about, anyway, right?

$24.00/ 750 mL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS- Before any of you dick heads comment, we know it’s Tennessee whiskey and not bourbon, but we had to classify it as bourbon for our search tags. Fuck off.

Drunken Whiskey Review: Adirondack Distilling 601 Bourbon

Intro

hope you’ve heard of Adirondack Distilling. They’re a craft distillery coming out of New York. They make a few spirits, ranging from whiskey to vodka to gin. 601 bourbon is a gluten-free bourbon that is made out of 100% local corn. So with that alone you know they’re not a phony craft distillery. Which is usually what I try to figure out first. Especially with all the bullshit swirling with some “craft” guys just using labels that look like the hard work of a pent-up graphic design student to mask the fact that the contents of the bottle have been rigorously mass produced. We’re all about craft here at Whiskey on the House, but the problem is, we’re also all about gluten. So let’s see how this one played out.

Flavor

Now when I say that we’re all about gluten, I really mean that I just hate the hipsters that say they don’t eat gluten. If you have that allergy thing that’s one thing (and that suuuucks), but from the rigorous* research done here at WOTH, we’ve found that -0.04% of people actually have that allergy, and most of them are just douches. But here’s the thing about 601 bourbon: if you didn’t know it was gluten-free beforehand, you’d honestly have no idea. In fact I had no idea until I actually read the label. What does that mean? You get a full flavored, 100% corn bourbon that hits hard. It’s got a really great spice flavor to it, almost like a rye. And I say “spice flavor” on purpose: it’s unbelievably smooth, so you get all the great flavors of a deep bourbon: vanilla, those spices, some sweetness, but it goes down like water.

How to Drink It

Speaking of going down like water, we highly recommend having 601 Bourbon either with a dash of water or on the rocks. (Note: that was as professional as a transition as you’ll ever see, look at me now 6th grade English teacher). The water, whether it be from the ice or your sink, really brings out the best flavors in this bourbon and aids in the smoothness-factor. In order to be a true blog of the people, however, we had to keep our promise to hold up our end of the Drunken Whiskey Review Rules: we need to have one drink full strempf, on the rocks, in a shot, and in a drink. So with heavy hearts, we did you all a favor and got really drunk. You’d probably expect this whiskey to be great for shots due to how smooth it is, and you’d probably expect the sun to rise in the East tomorrow. Right on both accounts, Newton. Did he discover the sun or something? Anyways, our top recommendations would be to drink Adirondack 601 Bourbon as a shot or on the rocks. So do it.

Wrap Up

None of us had any idea what to expect from Adirondack 601 Bourbon. The cards were truly stacked against it: it’s from New York, we’re from Boston. It’s gluten-free, and we order our pizza with extra gluten. But just like anything truly amazing, you’ll eventually fall in love with it. You gotta give this stuff a try.

*we did no such traditional research

 

 

$45-50.00/ 750 mL

Drunken Whiskey Review: Evan Williams Bourbon

Intro

I can’t believe we haven’t gotten drunk off of Evan Williams and written about it yet. Evan Williams Bourbon is usually unrightfully placed at foot level at the liquor store, along with other solid sneaky picks, like Old Granddad and thelike. Your boy Evan Williams opened Kentucky’s first commercial distillery in 1783 along the Ohio River. Evan Williams has gone on to become the second largest selling Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey in both the US and the world. Evan also had flow for days:

 

That’s the look of the man who would ask for $12.99 from you, and show you a great time, so let’s get to it. Did I just make it sound like he’s a hooker? Because I didn’t mean to.

 

How to Drink It

Evan Williams Bourbon is extremely easy to drink because of it’s smoothness. That naturally lends itself to being pretty good to drink both full strempf and on the rocks. It has enough of an alcohol kick and depth of flavor (see below) to keep you interested throughout drinking it straight. In terms of mixing, I can’t really recommend this stuff. I just don’t think it was made to be mixed. If you’re doing something simple, like maybe a whiskey and coke, sure, but if you’re doing anything that relies on a real balance of flavor, like an Old Fashioned, you should use something else. On the other hand, you can take shots of this stuff like it’s absolutely nothing. Overall, the verdict is pretty cut and dry here: drink this shit full strempf hombre.

 

Flavor

Before you raise a glass to your gullet, you better be prepared. Evan Williams Bourbon presents quite the mind fuck for the newbie. You will swear you’re tasting banana. I was in complete denial. I ended up asking our entire staff to sip my bourbon and tell me if it tastes like something a monkey would like. I ended up confusing everyone, but I swear to god there’s some monkey business going on. Other than the weird hint of banana that is sneaky making me feel like this whiskey is really just bringing out some homosexual aspirations in me, you get a nice balance of vanilla, cinnamon, and most importantly, booze. I think the aftertaste is what separates Evan Williams Bourbon from other bargain bourbons. With stuff like Jim Beam white and Old Granddad, you enjoy the ride, but not the after-ride. Evan Williams’ strongest point is with the after taste. It literally dashes you with a nice finish of flavor, and then refreshes your palate so you’re ready for the next round (of bananas). I really want to speak with someone from Evan Williams about the whole banana thing. I better have a true Williams contacting me with answers ASAP or I’m going to go ape shit. HA!

Wrap Up

Nothing really compares to Evan Williams Bourbon. It’s cheap, smooth, and packs a punch with flavor. It definitely leaves something to be desired with cocktails, but if you’re creative enough I’d say you can tap into that bananaland stuff and make a pretty kickass drink that’ll prove us wrong. I’d give it a slight edge over it’s similarly priced competitors. If you’re going for something cheap that’ll get the job done, you cannot go wrong with Evan Williams Bourbon.

 

 

 

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 Price: $12.99/ 750 mL

 

 

Drunken Whiskey Review: Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon

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Intro

There is never a time where I don’t have one of Rebel Yell’s Whiskies in my liquor cabinet (usually my favorite of theirs: Rebel Reserve). And its not just because I like their products. There are other brands of whiskey I like better- but I don’t keep them stocked. The reason I always have one of rebel yells products is because of how the company treats their customers. I’ve never seen a whiskey producer (even the little guys) pay so much attention to the people that buy their product. Wanna shoot the shit, or tell these guys how much you love their product? Go ahead and contact them, they will get back to you quickly and address whatever bullshit you said (probably drunkenly).

And if you like rebel yells whiskies enough that you sign up for their “Band of Rebels” group (on their website) you get free stuff up the ass. I signed up a year ago and i’ve been flaunting my free rebel yell flasks (yes, I said flasks – plural) around town ever since.

How to Drink It

Well this is the first time we are going to do this at whiskey on the house, but I think I’m going to have to split this section into two parts due to the versatility of this whiskey. One for drinking to get drunk (most of our readers hopefully) and the other is for sipping.

Are you trying to get drunk? – read this
If you’re trying to get drunk than this whiskey is good for ANY SCENARIO. Seriously. Its extremely smooth – possibly the most smooth I’ve had, so its a great whiskey for shots and drinking straight. On the ice? hell yes – its so easy and tasty you can drink it like water! And in a cocktail you can load this bad boy up- several shots in a drink and it will still taste great.

Are you sipping and relaxing? – read this
If you’re sipping and relaxing, you should heavily reconsider. Life is short – why not get drunk? But if you’re that fucking persistent than read on.
This whiskey doesn’t have much bite, but it has a nice balanced flavor so its fantastic for drinking straight. On ice it tastes pretty watered down- so its not the best for sipping. Mixing it into cocktails may leave you with a bland taste unless you use a lot of this stuff. And shots? Well, you’re reading the sipping and relaxing section so you shouldn’t give a shit about what the shots taste like. If you had a sudden change of heart see the “are you trying to get drunk” section above.

Flavor

Typically wheated bourbons are lighter on flavor and smoother than standard bourbons (made with rye). For some people (particularly whiskey snobs who like the smell of their own farts) the taste will be too bland. But for the average joe this stuff is great- its the perfect balance of easy drinking and good flavor.

Wrap up

Rebel Yell is a good go to whiskey by one of the best whiskey producers out there. At whiskey on the house we always incorporate value in our ratings- and at $14 per 750mL this stuff is a steal. So if you’re trying to get a drunk for cheap this weekend without killing your taste-buds pick up a bottle of Rebel Yell.

 

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Price: $14/750

Drunken Whiskey Review: Henry McKenna Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Intro

64961Henry McKenna Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is like the Loch Ness monster of whiskey. It’s only about 20 bucks, but it’s like it doesn’t exist. You can barely ever find it in stores, and if you’re searching online for it, good fucking luck because you get sucked in to a rabbit hole of Heaven Hill Products and other weirdly named whiskies, none of which seem to be the one you’re looking for. For a little back history, Henry McKenna tucked his family whiskey recipe into his pants when he hopped on the Mayflower or whatever from Ireland in 1837, and then founded his first U.S. Distillery in Fairfield, Kentucky in 1855. So who wants to taste what was in Mr. McKenna’s pants? Just me? Here we go.

How to Drink It

According to Heaven Hill’s website, Henry McKenna Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (that’s a fucking fingerfull to keep typing by the way), is considered a table whiskey. Much like the idea of a wine whiskey. Basically a sipping whiskey that is supposed to be a go-to whiskey rather than something special. That being said, one would expect that Henry McKenna Kentucky Straight Bourbon can be a good sipping whiskey. And it most certainly is. There’s a solid amount of punch to it when drinking it straight, but it really finds itself with an ice cube or two. This whiskey lends itself decently to being mixed, but not great. It’s also a great whiskey for taking shots if you have big balls. Really, it’s a tough shot to take, but makes you feel like your manly member grows slightly with every shot you take. Overall, sip this stuff. But if you want to give out a rough shot in your next drinking game, pick this.

Flavor

When you’re first bringing this whiskey up to your mouth, you get a whiff of maple and booze. Sounds weird, but it’s actually kind of awesome. The smell of relatively sweet maple with harsh alcohol lets you know exactly what the hell you’re in for. Right when it hits your mouth, that sweetness hits you immediately. But I don’t mean sugar sweet. Not the kind of sweet that makes you want to puke, but just the pure flavor of sweetness if that makes any sense at all (did I mention this is a great whiskey for taking shots?). That sweetness is washed out by a hurts-so-good punch of alcohol, and then it finishes really smooth. My only issue with the flavor is that there isn’t really much going on. That initial aroma gets you ready for a deep flavor, but it’s just not there. The aftertaste, however, leaves a great charred flavor in your mouth for a little while, and it really is a great aftertaste. Overall, the bookends of this whiskey are what make it solid: great initial aroma, and good aftertaste.

Wrap Up

When considering the price and purpose of this whiskey, Henry McKenna Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey a great go-to if you’re having some buddies over and need a large quantity of whiskey. If you’re about to go home and make a bunch of drinks with a whiskey, skip it. But if you’re going to be sipping or shooting, this is the stuff for you.

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Drunken Whiskey Review: Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

Intro

Four Roses/ 108It’s about time we pop the cork on Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon and give it a fair* drunken review. We’ve mentioned Four Roses tons of times in posts and lists, and it’s about time we sat down and dove into it. You’ve definitely seen Four Roses Small Batch before: a little more expensive than the regular Four Roses yellow label, and a nicer bottle. I believe Four Roses produces ten different bourbons, and this small batch is a combination of four of them. Get it? Four! So here we go.

How to Drink It

Drinking Four Roses Small Batch full strempf is great. You can get a good deal of flavor, as well as a strong taste of booze. Because of that, drinking it on the rocks is also a solid option, probably the better option of the two. If you’re a mixed drink kind of guy, this shit is for you. It mixes extremely well with fruit, and it’s recommended that you make a mint julep with it. We made a mint julep as well as an old fashioned, and this bourbon does a great job of providing you with flavor without overpowering the drink.

 

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is a pretty chill guy. He’s the dude you meet at the bar who you end up having a pretty nice conversation with. He doesn’t get overbearing, showing you pictures of his cats posing in funny ways with the pile of dead bodies in his basement (that’s what cat people do, right?), but he’s the guy who tells you about his job, shoots the shit about how awful the Bruins are this year, and knows when the conversation is over, and gives you a quick cheers appropriately. That’s Four Roses Small Batch.

What was interesting to me about this whiskey is how the taste and flavor is consistent no matter how you drink it. A lot of whiskies are great for mixing and drinking neat, for example, but they just taste different. Four Roses is remarkably consistent, in that no matter if you drink it neat, on the rocks, as a shot, or in a drink, you’re getting the same exact full flavor every single time. To me that’s a pretty unique quality of a whiskey.

Flavor

That consistent flavor of Four Roses Small Batch packs a punch. It definitely lets you know it’s there, but also has a few more gentle taste notes inside of it like vanilla and other bullshit like that. But the real key thing here is that consistency. The “burn” also has a flavor to it. Usually you’re just left with a sore throat for half a second, which I always thought was just the feeling you get when the whiskey is forcing a new hair to grow on your chest, but with Four Roses, the flavors are sort of stuck to your throat for an extra second, and it’s definitely a good thing.

Wrap Up

We’re all about Four Roses here at Whiskey on the House. So our reviews might be a little biased, but they’re definitely telling the truth. Quite honestly, Four Roses Small Batch is just good stuff, and that’s all there is to it. While we love the O.G. Four Roses because of its value, that’s really the only place where the Small Batch misses the mark. It simply can’t compete with the low price point of the yellow label stuff, so it loses some points there. But other than that, the consistency of flavor is what sets this apart.

 

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