Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon (2019)
Four Roses // Kentucky, USA
The 2019 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon was crafted by master distiller Brent Elliott. The Kentucky straight bourbon is made from bourbons aged 11-21 years with varying mash bills and yeast recipes. The 21 year bourbon is made from its 35% high-rye mash bill recipe which had a delicate fruit yeast strain. Two 15 year-olds (one used a delicate fruit yeast and the other a slight spice yeast) and 11 year-old bourbon (delicate fruit yeast) were all made from its 20% high-rye mash bill. Bottled at a barrel strength of 112.6 proof, it will first be made available at the distillery's visitors centers beginning September 21, 2019 with additional retailers in the weeks following. Only 13,440 bottles produced.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"There is room here for each mash bill and yeast strain to express itself with equal stage time. The nose is brooding with tanned leather, rye bread and accents of mint. The palate is coating but not heavy with creamy flavors of maple and caramel apple down the middle and cinnamon and nutmeg along the sides. A late appearance of dry tannins reveals the influence of the oldest casks in the lot."