Four Roses releases Limited Edition Small Batch bourbon

2014LESmallBatch_Front_USIn celebration of National Bourbon Heritage Month, Four Roses is releasing its newest Limited Edition Small Batch bourbon, which combines four of the distillery’s 10 recipes from barrels ranging in age from 9 to 13 years old. Master Distiller Jim Rutledge hand (tongue?) selected four of his favorites to create this limited-quantity release.

I got a chance to sample Rutledge’s newest creation, and it was simply divine. Notes of caramel, vanilla and citrus tangoed with my tongue, and the barrel-strength bourbon left a warm trail as I swallowed it down. It’s definitely one of those “very special bourbons” that you only whip out to impress company or if there’s a tornado warning in the area. (I can’t be the only one who hides out in the basement with a flashlight and a flask of good bourbon when those sirens go off.)

“It’s exciting and challenging to select the bourbons that will be used in various percentages for a special and different Limited Edition Small Batch,” Rutledge says. “We’ve only scratched the surface with what we can do with our 10 bourbon recipes relative to varying flavor profiles for special releases.”

Four Roses will release more than 11,000 bottles of the Limited Edition Small Batch starting this month. Look for it at liquor stores near you.