The Four Roses series ends with a review of their entry label, Four Roses Bourbon. It’s referred to as their Yellow Label. This can usually be found in the <$20 price range, and is available almost everywhere. (Thanks to the Baddish Group for the samples.)
Usually, bourbons under $20 are rough around the edges. This one not so much. It is more refined than others I’ve tasted at the same price range. Four Roses Yellow Label is a lighter style whiskey, like their Small Batch, just not as refined. When it’s first poured, I get alcohol fumes, slight caramel and corn. After 5 – 10 minutes the caramel smell really comes out. Taste-wise, it’s just what I expected – a slightly less refined version of their small batch, which offers a little more complexity. This one, however, isn’t just one note – Rye earthiness, caramel, corn, spiciness. The finish is short and spicy with a slightly sweet aftertaste.
This is the only Four Roses label that contains a blend of all 10 of their bourbons. The Small Batch is a blend of 4, and their Single Barrel is, well, one. Four Roses Yellow Label is a great value at under $20. I haven’t tried this one as a mixer because it’s darn good neat and on the rocks.
Cheap and tasty