History: "In 1884, Paul Jones Jr, moved his thriving business to Louisville, Kentucky, where he opened an office in Whiskey Row. Four years later, he trademarked the name Four Roses, claiming a history of production and sales back to the 1860s. Four Roses is the only Bourbon Distillery that combines five proprietary yeast strains with two separate mash bills to produce ten distinct Bourbon Recipes, each with their own unique character, spiciness, and rich fruity flavours. Despite a history dating back to 1888, the iconic name, and its popularity, Four Roses stopped selling Bourbon in the US fr 40 years. The whiskey was so popular in Asia that the Japanese Kirin Brewing Company bought the business in 2002 and soon after reintroduced the brand to the US market."
Production: The Kentucky-based Four Roses distillery combines its two mash recipes with five yeast strains to produce ten different bourbons, four of which are used in Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon. Small Batch is typically blended from less than 30-35 barrels, only using 4 of the 10 Four Roses recipes with 50% of each of the two mash bills (OBSK, OESK, OBSO & OESO). Small batch is between 7 and 8 years old. (17 to 18 barrels are required to satisfy the target flavour profile).
Tasting note: Spicy nose, rich, mellow and fruity, hints of sweet oak & caramel. Creamy, mellow palate with ripened red berry flavours, it''s rich, spicy, well-balanced. The finish is soft, smooth & quite long.