During the winter ice storm, February 2009, the BourbonBlog.com team was without power in our headquarters in Louisville. But we had a bottle of this, on the rocks, literally as in we could see our breath…
Bourbon: Four Roses Small Batch
Distillery: Four Roses, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Age: “The target age for our Small Batch is 6 1/2 years, but we don’t want to ever be in a position that we must wait on birthdays of barrels so the actual age is always over 7 years” – Master Distiller Jim Rutledge tells BourbonBlog.com
Proof: 45% ABV; 90 proof
Notes: The Small Batch is a blend of 4 Bourbon as Four Roses is the only bourbon distillery that produce 10 distinct bourbon recipes. Recipes included in the Small Batch are OBSK, OBSO, OESK, and OESO.
Color: Medium Amber
Nose: Crisp sugar and citrus, vanilla.
Taste: Somewhat dessert-like in nature. Think of buttery vanilla cake meets luscious, refined whiskey. Incredibly approachable. Rye is well-balanced with creamy flavors of sweet oak and caramel. Like many Four Roses Bourbons, it deliciously drinks as though you are having a much lower proof than 90. Quite versatile in flavor, mixes well in cocktails according to Jim Rutledge in the video episode below.
Finish: Delicate and light with soft and smooth touch. Pleasantly long.
BourbonBlog.com’s 2010 Four Roses Julep Contest Video episode. Watch the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep created with Four Roses Bourbon by ten Louisville bartenders and mixologists, including the winning recipes featured below.