Despite a history dating back to 1888, the iconic name and its popularity, Four Roses stopped selling bourbon in the United States for 40 years. The whiskey was so popular in Asia that Kirin, the Japanese beer maker, bought the company in 2002 and started selling bourbon stateside. The Kentucky-based distillery combines its two mash recipes with five yeast strains to produce 10 different bourbons, four of which are used in Four Roses Small Batch.
The Four Roses Small Batch is understated, with a very subtle aroma. The alcohol is intense on the palate, but it can be enjoyed neat, especially with the notes of sweet oak and caramel that linger before a long, clean, vanilla finish.
2015 Double Gold Medal; San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2014, 2010 & 2008 Gold Medal; San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2014 Denver International Spirits Competition, Gold
2012 World Whiskies Awards; Best American Whiskey Bourbon 7 Years & under
2012 Highly Recommended, 94 Points; Ultimate Spirits Challenge
2010 Wine Enthusiast Best Buy: 96-100 Points
2010, 2009 & 2008, Gold Medal, Exceptional; International Review of Spirits
2009 Best Bourbon No Age, Whisky Magazine; World Whiskies Awards