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Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch, 55.05%

Price: $75 Issue: Fall 2010 Reviewer: John Hansell

The replacement to Four Roses “Mariage” limited editions, which were a marriage of two different whiskey formulas. This new whiskey contains three of Four Roses' ten different recipes. It tastes older and more mature than the standard Small Batch bottling—there's a lot more oak dryness and spice, especially on the finish. Along with the oak, there's plenty of fruit, too (citrus, pineapple, apricot, papaya), plus caramel-coated nuts, a kiss of honeyed vanilla, and complex dried spice (cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon) kicking in on the finish. (Available September, 2010.)