The term “sugar daddy” has two meanings, and strangely enough, the new Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch encompasses them both.
The first is a candy invented in 1925 by Robert Welch that is basically a slab of caramel served on a stick. It is now manufactured by the Tootsie Roll company, which also makes its counterpart, Sugar Babies.
I used to gnaw on a Sugar Daddy at the movies (sounds bad, but that’s because you’re thinking of the other meaning), and my trick to not pulling out all my fillings was to first warm it up in my hands (OK, that still sounds bad).
Anyway, I learned from doing research for this post that the original name for a Sugar Daddy candy stick was Papa Sucker, which also sounds dirty.
And that brings us to the second meaning of the term: a rich older dude who provides financial benefits, typically for certain relations.
So what does any of this have to do with Four Roses’ latest release?
Well, it’s not only as tasty as a slab of caramel on a stick, but the barrels selected for the Small Batch are much more mature — refined if you will — providing pleasurable benefits for your taste buds.
In fact, let’s go ahead and coin a new hashtag: #barrelswithbenefits
If this bourbon was on Tinder, I would not only swipe right but seriously launch a Facebook stalking campaign just so I could run into it at its favorite bar.
But I digress.
The release marks the first Four Roses limited-quantity bottling to feature a 21-year-old bourbon from the distillery’s OBSV recipe. It also includes some 15-year-old OESK, 15-year-old OESV and 11-year-old OESV.
The result is a rich, sweet, honey-forward, spicy bite of hand-warmed caramel that melts in your mouth and immediately queues up some Marvin Gaye in the background.
“Our 10 distinct bourbon recipes provide the ability to handcraft new and interesting expressions, and with this year’s Limited Edition, we found some exceptionally well-rested bourbons in some of our higher aged barrels,” said Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott in a news release. “Combining the delicate fruit flavors and light spice from our V and K strains resulted in a uniquely nuanced whiskey.”
Yes it did.
The bourbon — which will be released on Sept. 21 at both the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg and the Bottling Facility in Coxs Creek — will be bottled non-chill filtered at 112.6 proof and retail for about $140. This one will be hard to find — just like most limited editions — since there are only about 13,440 hand-numbered bottles hitting store shelves.
But like a good partner, it will be well worth your time and effort. Who knows … this might just be the one.
And with this and yesterday’s Old Forester Birthday Bourbon release, we’re off to a great start of the official Bourbon Release Season.
Happy National Bourbon Heritage Month, everybody!