New Bourbon Added: Four Roses Small Batch

Name: Four Roses Small Batch
Distiller: Four Roses
Type: High-Rye
Color: Deep Amber
Proof: 90
Age: 9 Years
Price: $35

About: Despite a history dating back to 1888, the iconic name, and its popularity, Four Roses stopped selling Bourbon in the US for forty years. The whiskey was so popular in Asia that Kirin, the Japanese beer maker, bought the company in 2002 and started selling Bourbon stateside. The Kentucky-based distillery combines its two mash recipes with five yeast strains to produce ten different Bourbons. All ten are used in their signature Bourbon, only one goes into their single barrel product, while Four Roses Small Batch uses four different whiskeys. 

We find Four Roses Small Batch to be understated, with a very subtle aroma. It feels stronger than its 90 proof on the palate, but can still be enjoyed neat. We taste sweet oak along with caramel before experiencing a long, clean, vanilla finish.