Four Roses 130th Anniversary Small Batch / 54,2%/ –
The Four Roses brand was introduced in 1888 by Paul Jones, a Georgian distiller who moved to Kentucky a couple of years earlier. Today Four Roses is the only commercial distillery that combines two mashbills with five proprietary yeast strains to produce bourbon with ten different characteristics. In 2018 the brand celebrated its 130th Anniversary with the special small batch bottling, a vatting of bourbons selected by master distiller Brent Elliot: OBSF 13 years old; OBSV 10 years old; OESV 14 years old and OESK 16 years old. O indicates that whiskey was distilled at the Four Roses Distillery; B and E indicate mashbill – 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% malted barley and 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% malted barley respectively; S stands for “straight” (whiskey) and the fourth character represents the yeast strain.
Nose: rich, honey, vanilla cream, toffee, apples, cherries, raisins, hazelnuts, hints of pine needles and oak.
Palate: nicely balanced, caramel, milk chocolate, honey, raisins, prunes, cherries, nutmeg, allspice, hints of leather and oak.
Finish: long and lingering, with notes of dried apples and apricots, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice and little oak.