American Whiskey - Bourbon

Four Roses 2015 Limited Edition Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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

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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2016

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Four Roses 2015 Limited Edition Bourbon continues their line of vintage expressions and the 2015 is meant to pay tribute to their retiring master distiller Jim Rutledge. The bourbon does not carry an age statement but the press releases mentions that the bourbon is a blend of four different high-rye styles aged 11, 14, 15, and 16 years respectively. The run is said to be 12,600 bottles only all bottled at barrel strength.

The Four Roses 2015 Bourbon was named Best Bourbon in the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (in a field of 99 bourbons).

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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