There’s a big universe of Four Roses mashbills, yeasts, and barrels, and here I have a Potomac Wine and Spirits Four Roses OESF Private Select that’s 12 years and 1 month old, bottled April 16, 2020 from barrel 55-5D. OESF means that it uses the 20% rye mashbill and “F” yeast to create “minty, fruity, full body” character. This pick is particularly interesting because of the above average age and proof. Before I forget, this was bottled
From what I’ve seen, these single barrel selections usually range from 8-11 years, with few ever reaching 12 years. These usually hover in the 54-59% ABV range, with the occasional one exceeding 60%, although I did review an OESV Jim Rutledge Master Distiller’s Selection from 2014 that was over 60%. Let’s find out if the unique combination of extra age and proof makes a difference in this Potomac Wine and Spirits Four Roses Private Select OESF 12 Year review.
Fun fact, I reviewed this five times before committing to this final version. It sounds crazy, so I’ll tell you more about that in the review itself.