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Four Roses K&L Exclusive OESQ (9 Years Old, 8 Months) Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)

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Another stupendous cask from our friends in Lawrenceburg. The very special whiskies coming out of Four roses today are some of Kentucky's very best. They do allot of things the old way, while their competition has chosen to move forward with modern accoutrement, Four Roses continues to insist on old practices that set the product apart from the pack. First there is the proper souring step, yeast cultivated each week there by offering depth of character unsurpassed by other modern distillers. Cypress fermenters, slow low distillation, and a lower than standard fill proof are just some of the quality components that make Four Roses the best bourbon money can buy. Now take the fact that all their great bourbon go into just three standard products and you have a recipe for some incredibly high quality store picks. They're they only big KY producer that let us bottle proper cask strength bourbon for our store picks. We picked these out in Cox's Creek with the great Al Young and the wonderful Mandy Vance. The OESQ recipe offers a floral and fruity whiskey with a medium body.


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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2018 | Send Email
With the arrival of the now infamous BTAC release soon, many great whiskies are overlooked! Four Roses OESQ K&L Single Barrel, for example. Handpicked by living legend Al Young (and me!), this bottle bursts out with an array of floral components that will make your head spin: honeysuckle, herbs, raisin, vanilla and cinnamon cloves. The taste is pure heaven in a glass. Astounding balance and complexity, OESQ starts with a hit of sharp, dry cocoa, then swings into sweet, light caramel and vanilla flavors with a kiss of oak. Hints of fruit linger in the background. Then, that wonderful backwoods Kentucky heat warms you through and through. If you are looking for an incredible bottle that won't cost you a couple thousand dollars, look no further! I am proud to be associated with such an amazing bottle!!!

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2018 | Send Email
Nothing is more fun than tasting at the Four Roses bottling facility and this barrel and the sister cask are easily the most interesting head to head bourbons to taste right now. Similar in age and yeast straing, the only factors that set them apart are the mashbill and the warehousing. Of course every barrel is unique, but few comparisons will exemplify the importance of mashbill and yeast strain like tasting these two casks. The OESQ is really the complete package. the "low" rye mashbill is still packed to the brim with spice, but tamed by a huge aromatic of roses and leather. I typically HATE floral whiskies, but this doesn't seem perfuming or astringent and adds subtle rarely present in Four Roses. The palate is a nice contrast to the aromatics of the nose, bringing in dark dusty tannin and herbal honey to balance. An old school feeling whiskey the evokes the wild west for some reason. Not a bad thing to find in the saloon.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2018 | Send Email
This single cask smells very inviting. The nose is intense with a perfume like sweetness that is impressive and pleasing. In the mouth is is complex with hints of vanilla, spice, dark caramel and dried fruits. Deep and delicious this is one of the best bourbons that I have tasted this year so far.

Staff Image By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2018 | Send Email
A nose like an old dusty cedar-box dripping with caramel, with traces of fruit hiding in the wings. This whiskey smells like riffling through your grandfathers old steamer trunk. Hints of dried red apple and sweet burning wood bulk up an already rich and full flavored body. All the notes you want a classic bourbon to hit, but with an exotically old-school hook that keeps things interesting. Earthy and delicious.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2018 | Send Email
OESQ is always one of my favorite recipes from Four Roses. In particular it's the Q that I'm always so enthralled with. The careful cultivation of 5 different strains of yeast at Four Roses combined with a proper cask strength bottling makes for the most interesting barrel selections in all of Kentucky. The Q yeast strain provides exceptional floral and fruity notes. In many ways, it reminds me of the delicate flavors of fine Cognac, but then, like a freight train, it hits you with all the body, power, and spice of Kentucky's finest export.

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Varietal:

Bourbon

Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

Kentucky

Alcohol Content (%): 54.75