Kentucky’s Four Roses Distillery just announced that it will launch its 135th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch on Sept. 15th, the release being the 16ᵗʰ in its series of annual limited-edition bottlings.
A statement from Four Roses explains that this expression comes non-chill filtered and bottled at 108 proof. The 135th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch features four hand-selected bourbon recipes: a 12-year-old and a 16-year-old OESV recipe, which features notes of fruit and caramel; a 14-year-old OESK recipe, with notes of baking spice; and a 25-year-old OBSV recipe that has fruit and rye flavors.
Four Roses combines two mash bills with five proprietary yeast strains to create 10 distinct bourbon recipes, which allows Master Distiller Brent Elliott to create consistency across the brand’s core product line.
And it doesn’t hurt to have an endless range of flavor profiles with those combinations.
“This release celebrates 135 years of meticulously crafted, high quality bourbon, and I’m excited to hear what our devoted consumers have to say about it,” Elliott said, in the prepared statement. “In crafting this blend, I wanted to create an elegant bourbon worthy of the brand’s heritage. Each of the 12-, 14-, and 16-year-old batches possess individual characteristics that complement each other perfectly.”
Once the ideal balance of these three batches was achieved, he said he looked at several other batches of various ages and recipes to add an extra layer of nuance to the blend.
“Ultimately, I selected the 25-year-old OBSV, which melds perfectly with the other batches and adds additional complexity and depth,” Elliott added.
His tasting notes show that the 135th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch bourbon offers aromas of allspice, vanilla and oak, mingled with a hint of cinnamon and clove. The palate features layers of honey and rye spice, balanced out by the taste of ripe berries and pear that lead to a long, mellow finish.
This release comes just after Four Roses’ recent brand refresh. Whiskey enthusiasts will see the new packaging details on the limited-edition bottle, including the brand’s updated logo and an engraved rose cluster on the cork of the bottle.
Four Roses is set to release 15,060 hand-numbered bottles of 135th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch, with a suggested retail price of $199.99.
In addition to the special bottling rolling out to select retailers in September, Four Roses will offer a limited quantity for sale at the Four Roses Distillery Visitor Center through a public lottery draw.
Folks can register for the lottery Aug. 22-28 by visiting the Four Roses website. A random draw will decide who is selected to pick up their purchase at the Four Roses Distillery.
For more information, check out www.fourrosesbourbon.com.