Four Roses

Small Batch Select

ABV 53%
REVIEWED Issue 184
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Brand: Kirin Whisky
Expression: Small Batch Select
Type: USA Whisky / Bourbon
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 53%
Country/Region: USA / Kentucky
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Phoebe Calver
Nose: Sticky toffee pudding, with sliced green apples and a vanilla cream note. Then herbal hints of sage, festive spices and homemade custard.
Palate: Mouthcoasting. Sticky toffee sauce that leads into the festive spices of a Christmas pudding. The sage returns, with sourdough cinnamon French toast giving toasty spices.
Finish: It’s minty fresh here, with a tickle of liquorice before that toffee note returns.
Comment: To be honest, it’s exactly what I’d want from a bourbon: it’s balanced, sweet and complex.
Taster   Christopher Coates
Nose: Banana bread with cinnamon, nutmeg, Muscovado and chopped walnuts. Camphorwood, potpourri and dehydrated lemon. Milk chocolate–coated raisins, leather, subtle patchouli and moss.
Palate: Light bodied. Intense plum and bittersweet dark chocolate, with candied ginger, allspice and subtle black cherry. Caramel sauce over coffee cake packed with blackberries.
Finish: Short. Gently drying, on caramel and the earthiness of Maraschino liqueur.
Comment: So aromatic it could be worn as an aftershave. Pretty tasty, too.
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