What Makes Four Roses Different
Over the years many distillers have produced bourbon in the heart of Kentucky. What we see widely available on today's shelves are the cream of the crop among those distilleries. Four Roses has a checkered past, one marked by a few company buyouts and one one of those which led to a near extinction of the brand in the US market.
What Four Roses has going for it today is that it is the only bourbon whiskey distillery to use five proprietary yeasts with two separate mashbills ranging from 60-75% corn to produce 10 different bourbons. They also use single-story rick houses to age the bourbon while many of their counterparts have grown to use multi-story houses.
Here is a primer to help you understand Four Roses Bourbons:
- All ten recipes are used in the brand's signature Yellow label.
- Three to four recipes are used to create a Small Batch.
- One recipe is used to create a Single Barrel.
- Limited Edition releases of any of the above are hand picked by the Master Distiller.
Since 1995 Jim Rutledge has been doing a wonderful job at Four Roses as its Master Distiller. He is also known as "Mr. Four Roses". The distillery is located in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky while the rickhouses are in Cox's Creek, and both are open for tours. Check their website for more details.
Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon
This bourbon has a floral aroma and has rosy, grainy, and spicy undertones with a bit of a honey twist. The taste is crisp, smooth, and soft at the same time, marked by vanilla, pear and apple and notes of oak that gently melt into the fruits. It finishes with a soothing smoothness that is semi dry and holds hints of spicy orange.
Other Four Roses Bourbons
In the summer of 2010 two special bottlings were release, one from each the Single Barrel and Small Batch collections and both are limited editions. These were hand picked by Master Distiller Jim Rutledge and are amazing sipping bourbons for the conniessuer and not-so-experienced bourbon drinker. They are collector worthy and you will want to find these before they are gone.
Instead of boring you with two reviews that will end up nearly identical, check out Lance Mayhew's reviews of these two tasty bourbons, which I back up wholeheartedly...