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Four Roses Bourbon gives an exclusive “first taste” of the forthcoming, well-aged Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2010 which will be released in September of 2010 to coincide with the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. This new Limited Edition Small Batch will replace the Four Roses “Mariage.” According to Brent Elliot, Four Roses Senior Manager, Quality Control, “concept of the Limited Edition Small Batch is similar to the Mariage of 2009 and 2008.” Here is‘s review below

Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2010 Release Bourbon: Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2010 Release

Distillery: Four Roses Distillery, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

Proof: 110.1 Proof, 55.05% ABV. Proof of final bottling release unknown.

Age: Varies with each of the three recipes in which comprise this Bourbon.  OBSV recipe – 15 years old,  OESK recipe – 10 years old. OBSK – 11 years old. To learn more about the ten recipes of Four Roses Bourbon, click here.

Notes: Tasting from barrel proof, non-chilled filtered sample from the lab. The label reads “Actual bottling proof will differ.”

Color: Deep Amber.

Nose: Vanilla and vibrant caramel with hint of citrus.

Taste: Bright and lively almond. Essence of marzipan, with a touch of cinammon and dusting of cocoa and nutmeg. Spicey and creamy. Like most all Four Roses Bourbons, this has a smooth, delicate mouthfeel and mellow character. However, the Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch may be one of the most “mellow” Four Roses Bourbons we have ever reviewed given the proof. In fact, the first time I met Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge, he asked me to guess the proof of several of the Bourbons he was sampling me on. He explained that Four Roses Bourbons often taste to be a lower proof that what they are.

Finish: Remarkably light considering the proof.

Bourbon review by Tom Fischer  and Stephen Dennisnon of

Special thanks Brent Elliott, Dan Gardner, Patty Holland and Karen Kushner and Jim Rutledge.


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