||11 years, 4 months; Virgin Charred Oak|
||60% Corn, 35% Rye, 5% Malted Barley|
|Distiller||Four Roses (Lawrenceburg, Kentucky)|
These single barrels - bottled straight from the cask from a particular recipe - are terrific. It is a phenomenal demonstration of the effect of yeast on flavor development. They used to be easier to find, and cheaper, but they have gone the way of high quality bourbon - not as easy these days. This barrel was selected by Jim Rutledge for the distillery store.
Batch: Warehouse D (North), Rick 31, 1st level, Barrel M
Bottling Code: 42 21 181 13 00:47
Bottling Date: 2015
Oaky, spicy. Cumin, vanilla, rich corn, sharp spice...caramel, paint thinner, cherry. Quite elegant. Spicy on the palate – this feels, at its heart, to be a characteristic bourbon of Four Roses. Cherry, oaky, nutty – delivate, and yet spicy. Loads of spices, and very complex. The finish is full of corn, rich oak, sharp cherry, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, marshy oak, and tannin. A magnificent bourbon!
Exceptional (3% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date receive this, my highest recommendation).
Value: Very High. (based on $53)