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Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

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Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon: A Rich and Balanced Kentucky Classic

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is a highly regarded expression from this historic Kentucky distillery. Crafted with a unique blend of four of their ten bourbon recipes, this small-batch release offers a delightful harmony of flavours, making it a favourite amongst bourbon enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

A Blend of Expertise

Four Roses sets itself apart by using distinct mash bills (grain recipes) and fermentation processes to create ten different bourbon profiles. The Small Batch bottling brings together four of these distinctive recipes, each aged for a minimum of six years, to create a complex and well-rounded bourbon. This meticulous blending process showcases the mastery of the Four Roses distillers, resulting in a truly special expression.

Tasting Notes: A Journey for the Senses

  • Nose: The initial aroma offers a gentle introduction, revealing inviting notes of winter spice - think cinnamon and clove - alongside hints of buttered toast and rich honey. As you delve deeper, subtle floral notes and whispers of dry hay emerge, adding a touch of complexity.
  • Palate: The first sip unfolds with a delightful richness and a surprisingly full body. Unlike some small-batch bourbons that can be lighter, Four Roses Small Batch boasts a well-balanced character. The initial wave of flavour presents a delightful creaminess, reminiscent of manuka honey, that intertwines beautifully with the winter spice notes from the nose. Hints of toasted oak add a touch of structure, while a whisper of crème anglaise emerges, adding a touch of elegance.
  • Finish: The finish is where the magic truly happens. It is smooth, lingering, and leaves a pleasant warmth on the palate. The crème anglaise character makes a delightful return, offering a touch of sweetness that complements the lingering spice notes.

Serving Suggestions: To Unlock the Full Potential

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways:

  • Neat: This is the purist's choice, allowing you to appreciate the full complexity of the bourbon. Pour a generous 2-ounce serving into a rocks glass or tulip glass and savour it at room temperature.
  • On the Rocks: For a slightly chilled and diluted experience, add a large ice cube to your glass and pour in 2 ounces of bourbon. The ice will slowly melt, releasing the flavours of the bourbon and creating a more relaxed drinking experience.
  • Classic Cocktails: Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is a perfect base for many classic bourbon cocktails. Here are a couple of suggestions:
    • Old Fashioned: Muddle a sugar cube with a dash of bitters in a rocks glass. Add 2 ounces of Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, a splash of water, and stir gently with ice. Express the orange peel over the glass and discard.
    • Bourbon Manhattan: Combine 2 ounces of Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, 1 ounce of sweet vermouth, and a dash of bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Food Pairings: Bringing Out the Best

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon's richness and versatility make it a great companion for a variety of foods. Here are some suggested pairings:

  • Savoury Dishes: The sweetness and spice notes of the bourbon complement grilled meats like steaks and burgers beautifully. It also pairs well with smoked meats and cheeses.
  • Desserts: The creamy character of the bourbon makes it a surprising partner for desserts. Try it with pecan pie, crème brûlée, or even a fruit cobbler.

In Conclusion: A Must-Have for Bourbon Lovers

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is a remarkable expression that showcases the expertise and tradition of this Kentucky distillery. Its blend of richness, spice, and creaminess creates a truly satisfying drinking experience. Whether you're a seasoned bourbon enthusiast or just starting to explore the world of American whiskey, Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is a bottle that deserves a place on your shelf. Visit The General Wine Company today to add this exceptional bourbon to your collection and embark on your own flavour journey.


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