Monday, July 12, 2010

Four Roses Single Barrel

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon has been released for the 100th anniversary of the distillery. It is a barrel strength bourbon and each bottle comes from a single barrel of bourbon which has been aged 17 years. The bourbon is produced at their distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, the home of Four Roses since the Japanese brewer Kirin bought the brand and relaunched it in 2002.

It is sweet, with a touch of caramel and cloves. It is quite smooth, although the alcoholic finish packs a wallop. This product is a limited edition and as it is at barrel strength, it is not diluted with water to lower its ABV, which was 60.4% in the bottle I sampled, significantly higher than the 45% of the Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon.

As each bottle comes from a different barrel (each barrel produces approximately 150 bottles of bourbon), bottles from each barrel will be slightly different in flavor profile depending on the characteristics of the cask and the serendipity of chance.

1 comment:

  1. Four Roses Single Barrel has been available for a number of years.

    They have released a new special non-chill filtered, barrel strength version of the Single Barrel Bourbon in commemoration of their 100th Anniversary. The 2010 Bourbon is 17 years old and only 2,300 bottles will be released. It will also cost significantly more than the usual single barrel release, around $75.