Four Roses Small Batch

Four Roses Small Batch

  • Bourbon
  • USA, 700ml

On the nose, liquorice, aromatic clove, stewed orchard fruits with burnt caramel and wood char. On the palate, silky caramel, sweet toffee popcorn, rhubarb tartness alongside peaches and vanilla cream, dark fruit jam and oak spice. Balanced herbal notes of pine and peppermint appear.

  • Distillery: Kirin Brewery Company
  • Type: Whiskey, Bourbon
  • Region: Kentucky, USA
  • Alcohol: 45%
  • Volume: 700ml
  • Goes with: Ice

From Cedar Ridge comes Iowa Bourbon, made up of 74% corn, 14% malted rye and 12% 6-row malted barley. The whiskey celebrates the fact that Iowa is the largest producer of corn in the USA, and the corn is produced on the family-run farm.

There are several stories as to how the brand was named; perhaps the official version is most worthy, if only for its charm. It is said that Paul L Jones Jr was madly in love with a beautiful unnamed Southern girl. He feared rejection and rather than ask her in person, he sent her a letter proposing marriage. She replied saying that if she wore a red rose to the upcoming local ball, it would signal a favourable response. To his delight, she was not wearing one red rose, but a corsage four. Thus, the brand name was born. The story is fundamentally flawed, however, for Paul Jones never married.

The official version continues - in 1884, Paul moved his distilling operations to Louisville, Kentucky. He registered the Four Roses name in 1988. The Frankfort Distilling Company acquired the Paul Jones Company in 1922, one of a handful of companies legally permitted to distil for medicinal purposes during Prohibition. Seagram acquired Frankfort in 1943 with a vested interest in the Four Roses brand and during the mid twentieth century Four Roses became a highly popular bourbon and a top-seller in America, despite this, Seagram ceased selling to the US market and focussed its attention on the rapidly expanding Asian and European markets. The Kirin Brewery Company acquired Four Roses in 2002 and today the range is made up of seven different products, just two of which have been launched solely for the American market.

  • Bronze - 2020 International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Double Gold Medal - 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Gold - 2014 Denver International Spirits Competition
  • Gold - 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Best - 2012 World Whiskies Awards - Best American Whiskey Bourbon 7 Years & under
  • 94 Points & Highly Recommended - 2012 Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • Gold - 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 96/100 Points - 2010 Wine Enthusiast Best Buy
  • Gold - 2010 International Review of Spirits
  • Best Bourbon No Age - 2009 World Whiskies Awards
  • Gold - 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Gold - 2008 International Review of Spirits


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