Four Roses Mariage Collection Bourbon (2009 Release)
Four Roses // Kentucky, USA
This barrel proof offering of Four Roses Mariage (the French word for marriage), blends three different whiskeys from Four Roses. Four Roses is unique in that they have 10 separate bourbon whiskeys that are produced, each indicated by a 4 letter indicator. In this instance, a 10-year OBSK (60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley, using a slightly spicy yeast strain), a 19-year OBSK and a 10-year OESO (75% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley, using a yeast that imparts a rich fruitiness to the whiskey). What makes the Mariage series unique is the variety of bourbons that can be blended at the Master Distiller's whim to create a unique style of Four Roses.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"The bouquet features rich oak tones, dried cherries, vanilla wafers, and fresh lemon peel. On the palate, spicy cinnamon and oak flavors attack the palate, before dried fruit notes, cherries, plums, apricots and fig, along with roasted hazelnut, almond and a hint of rosemary. The finish is long and lasting, with more cinnamon and oak notes, along with light baking spice and apricot jam notes. All that said, this is a solid bourbon, but not a spectacular one. "