The latest small-batch limited-edition bourbon has been launched in the UK for Four Roses – and demand is expected to be high.
Crafted by master distiller Brent Elliot, just 3,000 hand-numbered bottles of the 2017 release will be available across Europe including the UK. After the success of previous releases, UK distributor Spirit Cartel believes demand is likely to outstrip supply quickly.
To support the launch of the 2017 Small Batch Limited Edition, Spirit Cartel is taking Brent on a week-long tasting tour of on-trade and retail outlets in London and the north-west this week.
The new limited edition features three of the 10 distinct bourbon recipes that are used to create Four Roses whiskeys, which are based on five proprietary yeast strains with two separate mash bills.
The 2017 release is made with the 13-year-old and 15-year-old spirits from the distillery’s “OESK” recipe plus a 12-year-old from its “OESV” recipe. The four-letter abbreviations refer to the production facility, mash bill, type of distillation and yeast strain used.
This year marks the first Limited Edition Small Batch in the brand’s history to feature only its low rye mash bill (20% rye).
Bottled at barrel strength, 53.9% ABV, the bourbon is described as remarkably balanced. Warm aromas of allspice and vanilla bean mingle with rich apricot and stewed fruits. Bright raspberry flavours greet the palate, then give way to hints of decadent, sweet maraschino cherry and light oak. The finish is long, with notes of rich brown sugar and hints of cinnamon.
Brent said: “The magic happened early on with this bourbon. After only the third test blend, I knew we had hit the target and then some. In subsequent blind samplings this one always stood out – there’s a remarkable synergy among the three batches. Once combined, it resulted in more depth, richness and warmth than in any one of the individual recipes.”
The 70cl bottle has a recommended price in retail of £130.