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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Four Roses Announces 2020 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon

Four Roses has announced the release of their 2020 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon. Like last year, this new release is a mix of four of their recipes selected by Master Distiller Brent Elliott.

Brent Elliott says:
Each batch in this year’s limited edition bottling is an exceptional whiskey that could have stood on its own as a single barrel offering, but in this case the sum is even greater than the parts. Together these bring a perfect balance of bright, vibrant flavors and aromas from the 12 and 16-year-old barrels combined with the oak tones and aged expressions from the 19-year-old batch.

The four bourbons that make up the bourbon are a 12-year-old Bourbon from the OBSV recipe, a 12-year-old OESV, a 16-year-old OESK, and a 19-year-old OBSK.

Since those letters don't make sense to anyone, I'll translate... The 'O' in each represents that it was distilled at the Four Roses Distillery. The second letter in three of the bourbons is 'E', this denotes the mash bill. The Four Roses 'E' mashbill is 75% corn, 20% rye, and 5% barley. The 'B' mashbill is 60% corn, 35% rye, and 5% barley. The third letter is the type of distillation. These were all distilled as straight whiskey so they get the 'S'. The last letter is the yeast strain. The 'V' is delicate fruit and the 'K' is a slight spice. 

The 2020 Limited Edition will be released to select retailers across the country later this month. It is non-chill filtered and bottled at a 111.4 proof (55.7% alcohol). No tasting notes or pricing was provided and no word on if this will come to Ohio. 

My Take

It's hard to make a call on this without knowing price or having tasting notes. The 2019 version was available in very limited quantities in Ohio and carried a $149.99 price. I would expect something similar for the 2020 version. At that price, this release is mostly for collectors or someone looking for a bottle to display and break out for special occasions. 

What do you think? Let me know in the comments. 

Source: Four Roses

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