LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2013) – Four Roses’ most recent limited-edition 125th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon has been named the “editor’s choice” of Whisky Advocate magazine’s winter issue buying guide.
Whisky Advocate Editor John Hansell gave the Four Roses 2013 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon a 97 out of 100, deeming it “a classic” and “a mature yet very elegant whiskey…and so easy to embrace with a splash of water.”
Last year’s Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch release was named “American Whiskey of the Year” by Whisky Advocate.
“I thought that there was no way Jim Rutledge and the team at Four Roses could ever match that one,” Hansell said. “But they did with the 2013 Small Batch release! And the Four Roses 2013 Limited Edition Single Barrel offering is no slouch either.”
Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge personally chose three of Four Roses’ 10 unique bourbon recipes to create the new barrel-strength, small-batch bourbon. The recipes, each with different flavor characteristics, include an 18-year-old selection of Four Roses’ recipe coded OBSV (featuring delicate fruit, spicy and creamy characteristics), a 13-year-old OBSK (rich in spiciness, full body) and a 13-year-old OESK (spicy, full body).
The bourbon exhibits aromas of creamy vanilla, light oak and cherry cordial, with hints of nutmeg and cocoa. The palate offers flavors of raspberries and apricots, encompassing a long, luxurious vanilla bean and cherry finish.
“I’m always coming across some really amazing bourbons during the selection process,” said Rutledge. “And for this special release, I was presented with quite the challenge to make a selection worthy of toasting our 125th year. I’m thrilled to say this bourbon does just that.”