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Four Roses Small Batch 50th Anniversary Edition ($150): Four Roses Bourbon was established in 1888 and has a long and diverse history. They went from being the most popular Whiskey in America to not being available in the US for a period of time. However over the last decade they have made a major comeback in the US. Their portfolio features a trio of regular releases. One of them is their Small Batch Bourbon series. The latest iteration of this has been released to honor Al Young their Senor Brand Ambassador who has been with Four Roses for 50 years. This role is just the latest in his long journey with brand. Previously he has enjoyed time as Distillery manager, and historian among others. In 2010 he even authored a Coffee Table book about the history of Four Roses Bourbon and their return to prominence.
Al Young worked alongside Master Distiller Brent Elliot to choose the blend for his commemorative bottle. Four Roses uses 10 different recipes for their Bourbons. Al & Brent selected 4 of them for this Limited Edition Bottling. 50% was 13 year old OESV, 25% 15 year old OBSK, 20% 12 year old OBSF, and 5% 25 year old OBSV. One of Al’s goals in creating the blend was to include an older Bourbon in the mix; after experimenting with different percentages they found that 5% was just right. 10,000 bottles of this offering are being distributed.

The Four Roses Small Batch 50th Anniversary Edition has a powerful nose laced with vanilla, toast and chamomile tea. Fresh and dried stone fruits, fig and dates are all evident on the deeply layered and intense palate. The long finish is stuffed with bits of brown sugar, spice notes and a final kiss of heat. Drink this beauty neat or with just a couple drops of water. This unique and limited edition entry in their portfolio is a must have for Bourbon lovers; grab it before it’s gone.

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