Four Roses - Small Batch Select
Distiller: Distilled, Aged, & Bottled by Four Roses Distillery
Proof: 104 Proof / 52% ABV
Mash bill: Four Roses has 10 Recipes using two mash bills and five unique yeast strains. The company uses four-letter codes to denote each of the ten different recipes. I have outlined it all below.
Four Roses Letter ID:
1st - is always an O; denotes that it is distilled at Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
2nd - The second letter denotes which mash bill is utilzed. "B" or "E"
Mashbill B - 60% Corn | 35% Rye | 5% Malted Barley
Mashbill E - 75% Corn | 20% Rye | 5% Malted Barley
3rd - is always "S," which indicates it is straight whiskey
4th - indicates which of the five proprietory yeast strains is used; V, K, O, Q, or F.
V - Delicate Fruits
K - Slight Spice
0 - Rich Fruit
Q - Floral Essence
F - Herbal Notes
The newest bourbon in Four Roses permanent lineup is the Small Batch Select. It contains a combination of six different varieties of mash bills and yeast recipes.
Price: $59.99 / $4.72(2oz. pour)
Color: Tawny - which sits on the darker side of the middle portion of the scale.
Nose: It has a distinct bourbon nose with copious amounts of vanilla, custard, oak, and caramel. I also get hints of sweet fruit.
Tasting: The fruit comes through more robust on the taste than the custard and vanilla while the oak lingers on the tongue.
Finish: Long-lasting! I love the finish of this bourbon. It sits in your chest without having to endure the ethanol taste that often accompanies a long-lasting finish. I also get a bit of nutmeg or cinnamon on the finish.
Recommendation: I am a huge fan of Four Roses single barrels; however, the Small Batch Select is a strong contender for top billing from Four Roses. At $59.99 a bottle or roughly $4.72 for a 2oz pour. The single barrels are slightly less expensive but are not always as easy to find in Ohio. I recommend purchasing a bottle, sharing it with friends, and impressing them with the knowledge about yeast strains and mash bills you learned above.