Here it comes across with notes of candied apricot, canned pineapple, apple-scented bubble gum, and cotton candy. So the challenge has been extended and accepted. This has the benefit of almost certainly being true. What they share is their two mash bills and five types of yeast that make up 10 distinct recipes. He is also historian for the storied 129-year-old Kentucky Bourbon brand, having researched archives, distillery records, news accounts, photos and artifacts in order to write the coffee-table book Four Roses: The Return of a Whiskey Legend, published in 2010.
Become one of our drinking buddies. You know, we have a large Four Roses archive collection including ads and bottles dating back to the time of National Prohibition. The mid palate is hit with smooth oak, The rear palate gets rye, black pepper underplayed with a decadent white vanilla bean and custard note that adds a rich creaminess to the palate. It mingled with the other recipes perfectly for an incredible flavor. To commemorate this milestone, Four Roses will release a special 2017 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon in his honor this June. While I have not tasted or deeply evaluated every Limited Edition Small Batch released by Four Roses to date, 2016 stands out as my favorite so far demonstrating not only impeccable balance true to the brand, but also a memorable flavor profile to go along with it.
The finish is long and gentle, with delicate honey and light mint. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter BillStraub and email him at Bill ModernThirst. As far as ideas for a flavor and aroma profile were concerned, we both agreed to consider a hint of cinnamon, peaches and cherries, plus aromas of gardenias and magnolia blossoms. At £35 a bottle I have one open and 4 bunkered so no need to worry if I do not get any special releases for a couple of years. What it is The granddaddy of the Four Roses lineup, the Limited Edition Small Batch is amongst the most sought after releases each year. You can enter the giveaway using the form below, please only enter once.
Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch is known for its high quality and uncompromising balance. The Taste Test Proof: Individual bottles vary between 100. You can learn more about the. The selection of that bottle from 1967 illustrates this to the fullest. Stay Informed: and be the first to get all the latest news, trends, job listings and events in your inbox. If anything, my legacy would probably be centered around the preservation and display of our archives. For this bottling, Four Roses has selected a retro bottle shape and label, modeled after the bottle design from 1967, the year Al Young started with the company.
Having said that, samples using various percentages of it were prepared. You should know that we will store your details securely just in case we need to get in touch with you about your post in the future. Bottled at barrel strength with a proof of 111. The Bourbon On the nose, this special release was malty, with loads of caramel and an unusual woodsy-foresty aroma. Like some of the stuff we use? Four Roses limited editions are the opposite.
In addition, it was full of hints of vanilla bean, raspberry, fig and rich mellow oak with just a taste of spearmint. A tidal wave of flavor bursts forth, coating my mouth with a rich, velvety feel. Breaking it with a half-teaspoon of water brought some smokiness to the front. For his first Small Batch Ltd. Appreciation for the subtle differences that each decision a distiller makes keeps him coming back for more and has him excited for the future.
This is the first Four Roses Small Batch, Ltd. Finish: Beautiful, warm finish with lingering notes of mint cloves and apricot. The Whiskey Reviewer uses a letter-based rating system, instead of the numerical 100-grade rating system. Tasty and fruity with nice spice. The spice increases at mid-palate — I got white pepper on the roof of my mouth — and continues through the finish, but is never harsh or overly hot. Luke Castle Growing up in Minnesota gives a person a great appreciation for anything that warms the body and soul.
After numerous discussions between the two of us, a number of samples were prepared that touched on what we said we wanted plus a whole lot more. Producer's Tasting Note: The remarkably balanced 2016 Limited Edition Small Batch introduces bright notes of sweet cherry and crisp green apples, mingled with rich apricot and structured rye aromas. When asked by Brent for some guidelines to use for this particular Small Batch Bourbon, I said that it would be nice to use some that had been produced while I was the Distillery Manager here at Four Roses. Visual: In the glass, the bourbon presents a bright amber appearance ribboned with gold caramel. Water pushes the oak and spice back a bit and pulls out more of the butterscotch and orange.
Comparison: 2016 has more oak on the nose, but otherwise they are fairly similar. Definite nutty wood note at the very end — the good wood, not tannic at all. We tried different quantities of the 23-year-old and the chosen 5 percent was just the right amount. Sadly its now an old dog, senile and a bit dribbly - there are stains on its bean bag and it smells weird. It has a bit more pop than previous limited editions, but is still built on the complexity that these releases are known for. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country, and consulted for multiple national labels.
By clicking to Submit my Valuation below I agree to all the Terms and Conditions stated above. Other states which produce Bourbon include New York, Virginia, Illinois, Colorado and Massachusetts. Mouth: Earthy honey, citrus, apricot, cloves, oak and herbal notes. Further, I am solely responsible for any and all consequences of such my actions. The following indicators should be taken as only a guide and not a set of hard and fast rules. The nose is very well developed with wonderful depth and complexity.