Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

IMG_2300Crafted from Four Select Bourbons, 90 Proof

Mashbill: Blend of 75% Corn, 20% Rye, 5% Malted Barley and 60% Corn, 35% Rye, 5% Malted Barley

William Faulkner famously said that the tools he needed for his trade were, “…paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.” Some might say the Nobel Prize-winning creator of Yoknapatawpha County consumed a bit more than a little whiskey. And what would Faulkner Drink? Four Roses was his favorite, because it was good, affordable, and generally available in most places in the 1930s to the 50s when it was the top selling brand of bourbon. At least until Seagram’s bought it and made it disappear into blended whiskeys in the 70s. Luckily Kirin purchased the brand and brought it back to prominence. Now it’s still very good, affordable, and generally available in a variety of expressions from the basic Yellow label, to rare and coveted Special Editions. This tasting is of the Small Batch, just a notch up from the Yellow Label but below the Single Barrel and priced around $30. A bartender (sorry, mixologist) once asked me to help come up with a Four Roses cocktail in honor of Mr. Faulkner. I suggested the Absalom Absalom—a double shot of Four Roses with just a splash of Black Walnut bitters. But still, I prefer it neat.

Nose:

A light hint of oak and spice over the familiar caramel and cinnamon.

Eye:

Late summer honey

Mouth:

Pleasantly smooth and syrupy with flavors of honey, caramel, cinnamon, spice, and orange zest. Just a touch of alcohol heat, but not too much. After opening up and breathing, it reveals peaches and cherries on the back end.

Finish:

Long and luscious, really lingering with ripe summer fruit.

Summary:

Faulkner knew his whiskey, and we’re glad Four Roses is back. This makes an excellent pour to always have on hand. Once you establish the base here, you can really enjoy the many various expressions Four Roses releases with their special blends and limited editions.

Rating:

🥃🥃🥃1/2

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