The Four Roses Small Batch review
Company: Four Roses
Age: No Age Statement (rumored to be around 7 years)
Classification: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Breakdown: A blend of 4 different mash bills. It’s not as simple as you might imagine
Price: c. £25-30
The origins of the Four Roses brand are somewhat sketchy to say the least. What is known is that the name was trademarked in 1888, but it is also claimed that it had been selling since the 1860’s. The distillery was built in 1910 and is based in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA and features a Spanish mission style architecture, which is in fact listed on the USA National Register of Historic Places.
Now the definition of small batch is generally used in very liberal terms but this really is small batch bourbon, only 4 casks are used in the production of each release. Four Roses is the only distillery which uses two mash bills and five proprietary yeast strains. This in turn produces ten different bourbon recipes. What is truly commendable to the producers of this whiskey is the transparency of ingredients used. We recommend that you look at the Four Roses website for a brilliantly crafted production process explanation Four Roses.
For this review we drank it neat in a Glencairn glass
What we got - fruit, flowers, spice, medicinal (Mr. Pie), caramel
What they say we should get - Spicy, rich, mellow, fruity, hints of sweet oak and caramel
What we got - intense burn at the start (but always pleasant) which sticks around, orangey, apricot, with a hint of oak
What they say we should get - Creamy, mellow, ripened red berries, rich, spicy, well-balanced, moderately sweet
What we got - long and the taste sticks around
What they say we should get - Soft, smooth and pleasantly long
Overall a nice well balanced, easy going, and well-crafted offering at a fantastic price. A better than average bourbon and with a price like that it is easily a mid-week sipper. Bourbon you won’t get bored with and it should always be in your collection. As you can see with the below scores the Bourbon Gents are both great fans of this offering.
7 out of 10 - Mav
6 out of 10 – Mr. Pie