Four Roses makes a range of special limited releases as well as their standing specialties. Like many high-end Bourbon distillers, they make a single barrel version that varies from cask to cask. But Four Roses takes it a monumental level further by actually varying the recipe used to produce the Bourbon, with startling differing results. The ten different recipes Four Roses uses are described as follows on their web site:
Four Roses is the only Bourbon distillery that combines five proprietary yeast strains with two separate mashbills to produce 10 distinct and handcrafted Bourbon recipes, each with its own unique character, spiciness and rich fruit flavors.
Keep reading to learn how we selected our single barrel!
We received 10 different barrel samples and selected our favorite based on its aroma. You’ll notice that the bottle is marked OBSV:
O = Designates produced at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY (Cox’s Creek Rickhouse).
B = The mashbill that is 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley.
S = Designates straight whiskey distillation.
V = Indicates the strain of yeast used to create flavor characteristics. We also tasted strains K, O, Q and F.
The result of this specific recipe is a strong, rich character with a distinctive spice, delicate fruit and creamy maple flavor and finish.
Our Four Roses Single Barrel Selection is available now in a VERY limited quantity. Each Mollie Stone’s location will have only six bottles for a first come, first served basis.