The Four Roses bourbon brand out of Kentucky, established in the late 1800s, is known particularly for special release whiskies that showcase the unique talents of master distiller Jim Rutledge. This year's Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon looks to be another winner in this regard as it starts to hit store shelves around this time.
The 2014 edition of the Four Roses single barrel offering is described as a 11-year-old bottling that comes from OESF barrels, which typically hold one of the distillery's 10 unique bourbon styles. The new release, noted as being uncut and non-chill filtered, is very much bottled at a high proof ranging from 108.3 to 127.6.
5,000 bottles of this year's single barrel release are off to market, said Four Roses. Tasting notes from the distillery for it indicate aromas of "clove and fruit that mingle delicately with hints of sweet toffee and brown sugar. Flavors of creamy mint, ripe cherries, vanilla and pear present on the palate give way to a long, smooth finish of candied fruit and sweetened oak."
For the curious, the Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon pays tribute to the distillery's fans by including a winning toast that was submitted during a recent campaign celebrating the bourbon maker's 125th anniversary. After reviewing hundreds of submissions, it was said, Four Roses executives chose the toast from Frank Wheatley of Louisville, Kentucky, which read “If I could age like bourbon, I wouldn’t mind getting old.”