They do like a Limited Edition Single Barrel over at Four Roses and this year’s features a tribute to the brands loyal following.
This time round he has gone for 11 year-old OESF barrels. We were lucky enough to visit the Four Roses Distillery last year and as such we actually know what that series of letters means.
O – is the first letter of all of the 10 distinctive bourbon recipes and means it was made at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
E – relates to the mashbill which in this case is 75% corn, 20% rye and 5% malted barley (the other mashbill is B and is 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley)
S – means it is made using straight whiskey distillation (again appears on all 10 recipes)
F – relates to the yeast strain, the F strain in particular is known for it’s herbal essence (taste and aroma not shampoo)
The bourbon is also bottled at barrel strength – uncut and non-chill filtered – which means the ABV in any given bottle can range from 52.2% to 54.3%.
In a nice touch to their passionate fans the bottle includes a toast from Frank Wheatley (now there’s a proper Kentucky name) of Louisville, who won a competition called Year of the Toast to celebrate Four Roses 125th Anniversary. He submitted his favourite toast, which was picked by the Four Roses executives as the best:
‘If I could age like bourbon, I wouldn’t mind getting old.’
With only 1,900 bottles of this years Limited edition for the whole of Europe you’d better move quickly if you want a bottle. If that is the case get onto UK distributors Spirit Cartel right now.