Four Roses 130th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon (2018)
Four Roses // Kentucky, USA
Four Roses 130th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon marks the 130th anniversary for the brand which launched in 1888. Crafted by master distiller Brent Elliott, the Kentucky straight bourbon is made from bourbons aged 10-16 years with varying mash bills and yeast recipes. Two bourbons use the high-rye recipe (35% rye) in its mash bill, a 10 year-old with a floral essence yeast strain and a 13 year-old with a herbal yeast strain. The other two bourbons use its 75% corn mash bill recipe, a 14 year-old with a delicate fruit yeast strain and a 16 year-old with a slight spice yeast strain. Bottled at a barrel strength of 108.3 proof, it will first be made available at the distillery beginning September 15, 2018 with additional retailers in the weeks following.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"Expectations for a 130th anniversary release are inherently high, and fortunately this bourbon lives up to them. It's impressively rounded while maintaining the bold character one expects from Four Roses. Look for notes of vanilla, leather, cherry, and baked apples. The bourbon strikes a balance between its richness and moderately high proof; it's very enjoyable served neat, but will do just fine with a cube or two of ice."