Smell the roses

When I spoke to Four Roses’ Master Distiller Jim Rutledge a while back, he told me about their mash bill and the proprietary yeasts they use. The combination of mash bills and multiple unique yeast, allows the distillery to created bourbons with unique charismatics.

The distillery is now releasing Master Distiller Selects 12-year-old bourbon that is part of their single barrel releases. They sent out information about the new product.

“This bourbon is a perfect example of our Q yeast,” said Rutledge.
“During the selection process when I smelled the samples, the first characteristic that jumped out at me was the fragrance of red roses.”

The 2011 Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon is uncut and non-chill filtered. The company says they are producing about 3,600 bottles that are being distributed in areas where their brand is available. That will be happening in May.

When I get a chance I’ll sample the single barrel and sniff for the roses myself.


About Kim Kolarik

Exploring bourbon one sip at a time and sharing the experience.© Contact me at I've followed the original bourbon trail from my native Pennsylvania, where the whiskey rebellion erupted to Louisville, Kentucky, my current home. Bourbon is now in a revolution of expansion. I'll be bringing you news, information and tasting notes of bourbon from Kentucky and the emerging craft distillers from around the United States. I am photographer, designer and editor. --Kim D. Kolarik
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