American Whiskey - Bourbon

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Four Roses 2011 Limited Edition Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2011

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Proof66 Notes

Four Roses 2010 Limited Edition Barrel Strength bourbon is a blend of three different types of Four Roses whiskey varying in age from 10 to 15 years. It is bottled at "barrel strength," meaning it is not blended down with water and will come in a very high proof. (It is up to the imbiber to add their own water.)

The 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition results noted a "Limited Edition Single Barrel" at (a hard to believe) 150 proof... we think this is a recording error and they meant the 2011 Limited Edition Barrel Strength and that score is noted here.

About the Producer:

Four Roses Distillery prides itself on owning five proprietary strains of yeast that produce ten distinct recipes. The name of the distillery and their bourbon comes from founder Paul Jones Jr and his marriage proposal: a yes meant she would wear a rose to the dance and--in true legendary form--she wore four in a corsage. The brand itself--according to a brief write-up in the January, 2013 edition of Tasting Panel Magazine--was founded in the 1930s (with roots as far back as 1888) to be bought by Seagram in 1943. Seagram pulled the brand from the US market in the 1960s and it wasn't reborn until 1994 at the hands of Master Distiller Jim Rutledge, who in his words: "Seagram's destroyed the brand, and we had to overcome that perception. In a way it's been fun, but in a way it's been a challenge." Today, the brand is owned by Kirin Brewery of Japan who acquired Four Roses in 2002.

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