Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Four Roses. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review.
The Four Roses 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch is here! The brand behind it was officially trademarked in 1888 by Paul Jones, Jr., giving this American whiskey label a rich and interesting history. A popular bourbon in the early 1900s, it was purchased by the Seagram company in 1943. By the late 1950s, the company decided to stop marketing Four Roses in the United States, and focused on selling in Europe and Asia, where it became a very popular brand there as well. In 2002, upon new ownership of the distillery, Four Roses Bourbon was once again marketed in the United States.
What makes Four Roses unique in the bourbon industry is that they are the only distillery to combine two mash bills with five yeast strains, which produces 10 distinct recipes. While most distilleries would consider 20% or more rye in their bourbon a ‘high’ rye percentage, the lower of Four Roses two mash bills comes in at 20%, with their other at 35%. Their five yeast strains consist of delicate fruit, rich fruit, slight spice, herbal notes and floral essence.
This year’s Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch is the distillery’s first to include a 21 year old bourbon from their OBSV recipe. Also included in this small batch is a 15 year old OESK, a 15 year old OESV, and an 11 year old OESV. It is bottled at 112.6 proof.
Tasting Notes: Four Roses 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch
Vital Stats: non-chill filtered; 112.6 proof; mash bill of a 21 year old OBSV bourbon, a 15 year old OESK, a 15 year old OESV, and an 11 year old OESV; prices around $140 per 750 ml bottle.
Appearance: Fairly light, lovely honey in color.
Nose: This Small Batch has a very nice hint of honey and oak, with a very nice hint of vanilla and raspberry.
Palate: The first flavor that hits is definitely the oak barrel flavor, followed by a nice touch of spice, and a tough of fruit and vanilla flavors.