Four Roses 12, 55.7%, Limited Edition Small Batch 2020

Every year a batch of this limited edition is released, and every year they’re rather popular. At least, that used to be the case. For some reason, the 2020 edition that came out last year didn’t do too much initially. In The Netherlands, this was still available after several weeks, so either it stayed under the radar for a while, or there was a huge increase in availability…

Anyway, of course it sold out eventually, and now it’s starting to pop up at inflated prices. Initially this went for € 180, but it’s now at almost double that in shops, and € 250 in the secondary market.

Of course, € 180 is quite a lot of money for a bottle of booze, but this limited stuff, this popularity and this level of quality is not priced out of its own range. Compared to some bourbons out there, this is actually the more affordable of the bunch, at this level of quality.

Let’s find out more…

Sniff:
Rich and complex, without being very sweet. Slightly rye like with quite some spices and crusty bread. There’s a note of mint, it’s not very sharp, but does show the corn and the oak. A whiff of ashes too.

Sip:
The palate does bring some heat. A bit of peppery heat, with tree bark and oak shavings. Very dry, with a hint of baking spices, pepper, corn starch. Minty, and dry, again not unlike lighter rye whiskies.

Swallow:
The finish is dry enough to start salivating, and sweet enough to be quite rich. I’m getting some peaches too. They were there before, but it increases towards the end.

I tried this whisky before in one of Norbert’s tastings, at which point I wrote slightly different tasting notes. Apart from my palate being a rather fickle thing, there might have been some difference in that being from a fresh bottle, and this from a nearly empty one.

There’s the light peppery note that is woven through this whisky to keep you attentive, and while I did get more baking spices and minty notes here, I found there was quite a lot of tropical fruitiness on a previous assessment.

However you put it, this is rather great whisky.

90/100

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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