Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is distilled at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. It is a multi award-winning whiskey and is bottled at 50% ABV.
The history of Four Roses can be traced back to 1888 when founder Paul Jones Jr. moved his thriving business to Louisville, Kentucky, where he opened an office in “Whiskey Row”. Four years later, he trademarked the name Four Roses, claiming production and sales back to the 1860s. The business prospered and, in 1922, the Paul Jones Company purchased the Frankfort Distilling Company. This was eventually purchased by Seagram in 1943 who actually stopped selling Four Roses Bourbon in the USA to concentrate on the European and Asian markets. Most recently the company was bought by Kirin Brewery Company Ltd. in 2002. Legendary Master Distiller Jim Rutledge, who joined Seagram in 1966, is principally responsible for the renaissance of Four Roses and became Master Distiller in 1995. Jim retired in 2015 but, by then, Four Roses Bourbon had been sold in the USA since 2004 and has become one of the most respected Bourbon brands. Brent Elliott, who worked alongside Jim for 10 years, is now the company’s new Master Distiller.
Four Roses is the only Bourbon distillery who combines five proprietary yeast strains with two separate mashbills to produce ten distinct Bourbon Recipes. One mashbill is 60% corn, and the other is 75% corn. The lower corn mashbill contains 35% rye; significantly more than other Bourbons, resulting in a spicy, full-bodied taste. There are 5 different yeast strains which produce the following characteristics: V – Delicate Fruit, K – Slight Spice, O – Rich Fruit, Q – Floral Essence and F – Herbal Notes. The art of the distiller is to carefully blend these to produce a balanced whisky. There is an interesting recipe infographic demonstrating the recipes at the Four Roses Website.
Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is bottled from a single barrel. According to Four Roses the Single Barrel is made to the OBSV recipe. This means that it is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon made using their high rye mashbill B (60% Corn, 35% Rye and 5% Malted Barley). and the V strain of yeast which produced a delicately fruity, spicy and creamy whiskey.
Current bottling, Warehouse JE, Barrel 27.5H. Bottled at 100 Proof / 50% ABV.