Four Roses 2017 Release is a limited edition and highly collectible bourbon that is composed of hand selected bourbons for blending by the now ex-master distiller Jim Rutledge. This whiskey has won some major accolades, including being named American Whiskey of the Year by Whiskey Advocate back-to-back in 2012 and 2013.
The 2015 Limited Edition Small Batch release is extra special as it marks the retirement of Rutledge. The title “Master Distiller” couldn’t be more apt as Rutledge has had a 49 year career in the spirits industry and is credited of being an influential force behind the revival of the Four Roses band around the turn of the millennium.
One of the interesting things about Four Roses is its ingredient transparency. The distillery’s unique, four-character system tells you exactly what’s in a whiskey’s original grain bill and which of the five proprietary yeast strains was used to ferment the mash. This year’s Limited Edition Small Batch is a blend of four spirits; OBSK -16 years, OESK -15 years, OESK- 14 years and OBSV 11 years. You can learn more about what these codes mean at the Four Roses Distillery website here.
Nose: Ripe cherry, caramel custard, fresh magnolia
Palate: Spicy cinnamon, clove, orange peel, apricot, light honey
Finish: Long, velvety finish, lingering hints of creamy vanilla, fresh.
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