Four Roses OBSF "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" Barrel Strength Bourbon
Since we've started bringing in Four Roses private selections, we've been excited about getting some of the more obscure recipes you don't come across as frequently, and it's a delightful experience now that we're here. The "F" yeast strain may be the least familiar, even to many Four Roses aficionados, although it is featured heavily in their Small Batch Select, one of last year's most lauded new Bourbons. The distillery calls out in particular the herbal and minty notes that it brings, and particularly with the higher rye mashbill, that shines through.
The "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" barrel, bottled at 59.1% abv, is woodsy and dark, inviting you to give yourself fully to its mystical promise. Aromas of old wood, root beer, and hazelnut greet you along with a hint of dark fruit. The palate is big and viscous, and fully engages the wood along with a deep, dank earthiness. It's lifted by baked corn, a waft of smoke, and then finishes on drying oak and mint. A slow wander, a deep thinker, a madman's long night.