But, he thought, maybe he could simply blend a version of the limited edition himself. So, technically this is a 9-year-old bottle, but consists of Bourbon of up to 13 years old. The expansion was undertaken by the same Louisville architecture firm that first constructed the distillery back in 1910. However, it did mark the production run numbers starting to go up again. Disclaimer: we earn a small commision if you click the above link and go on to make a purchase. That youth may also explain why this cask strength release is so racy, at an estimated 120 proof.
It was a huge hit, earning American Whiskey of the Year from Whisky Advocate. Flavor Lots of sweetness and caramel. While 13 years sounds old, this is actually fairly young stock for this release. As a spirits writer, Steve's byline can be found in Whisky magazine, Bourbon Review, WhiskeyWash. As there is only so much pomp and circumstance companies can manufacture for a limited release, at some point, pure skill and craftsmanship are going to be the true star of the show. Strong and attention grabbing with aromas of cherry, green apple, honey, almond, and oak.
Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch has a great track record year after year of high quality blended bourbon. A mixture of 3 of the 10 Four Roses mashbill recipes all varying in age. Over time, the nose develops more of a woodsy character that melds with the cherry notes in a fun and enjoyable way — after spending some hours with the whiskey, I found myself thinking of. Each year Four Roses selects a special version of its Small Batch bourbon using a blend from 10 of their different recipes. Also different is the Limited Edition is a barrel strength bottle where the standard Small Batch is at 90-proof.
What has come forth from this creation is said to be both bold and refreshing, with aromas of light orange zest, glazed maple and fresh spearmint. Finish: Gentle spice with a lingering sweetness and warmth. A+: A masterpiece and one of the ten best whiskeys of its type. One of the best bourbons and almost as good as the W. I wanted this bourbon to rate higher, however I came away from the tasting feeling slightly disappointed. Bourbon is a style of corn-based, barrel-aged whiskey that originated in the southern United States.
I haven't had that in like 25 years, but that popped in my head so had to write that one down. It's good in that it offers a unique experience worth savoring, but bad in that it's hard to fine and will never be found on shelves again. To celebrate, the Distillery will issue the newest release in its series of limited-quantity special bottlings — the 130th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch. This time around the focus is the Four Roses Distillery, which is debuting the latest in its limited edition small batch offerings. It is one of the top 10 wine-producing states in the country, responsible for some 2 million gallons 7. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
Four Roses limited editions are the opposite. Bringing the glass up to my nose, I was greeted with a delicious mixture of smells. If you find it and find yourself flush with cash, pick it up. Over a century later, they returned to help house the new still, fermenters, and more that the distillery needs to keep up with the current demand for bourbon whiskey. This is exactly what a limited edition blend should be from Four Roses: a nice balance of classic and new. The 2014 bottling includes whiskey from four different vintages of Four Roses recipes. Repeat nosings bring out dried raisins, vanilla, and hints of pine.
I still have a few samples put away for the 5 year mark. I also picked up subtle traces of slight bitterness like an orange rind. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter BillStraub and email him at Bill ModernThirst. The following indicators should be taken as only a guide and not a set of hard and fast rules. Luck was with us though and we each snagged one.
This Bourbon boasts a very long finish, with hints of cinnamon, more fruit and vanilla. In his 27-year career, he has edited and written for dozens of national trade and consumer publications including Pizza Today, Nation's Restaurant News and Southern Living. This whiskey is all over the place: complex and playful; aromatically fruity yet brooding with dark notes; deliciously sweet and bereft of unpleasant tannin. Please request permission before reposting, publishing or using in any form by emailing Design by and © BourbonBlog. That means—does the math on fingers—every barrel of Four Roses could be any one of , each with unique flavor profiles identified by a four-letter naming structure that appears on a small sticker panel to the left of the front label.
Leather and a fudge quality think bourbon flavored fudge , round out a nice clean and inviting aroma. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. Four Roses and love to tout how those 10 vaunted recipes can generate all kinds of different Bourbons when blended with an expert hand. Orange peel, lemon zest, and dry fresh oak finish out the experience with just a hint of floral essence. This one is a very good bourbon. The Limited Edition Small Batch will roll out to additional select retailers in the weeks following. The result was a middling, average example of the series.