Tasting Notes: Smooth, medium-body vanilla bean and oak with a tongue numbing action with a citrus mid-palate. Good pronounced flavor that may help it mix well in a cocktail. A well-balanced bourbon that’s got a bright oak which doesn’t go overboard.

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is a pretty decent offering for the USD $25 range of bourbon. While it doesn’t create any specific flavor profile that “stands out” in differentiating flavors it does give a nice mild oak flavor with great vanilla bean without going to the extreme. This bourbon will compete directly, I believe, with the Maker’s Mark and Buffalo Trace style products and is a bit less bright on oak than those and will be a bit less sweet than that of a Maker’s product.

Question of the Day: What is your favorite juice to use in a cocktail?