Four Roses has been at the forefront of the Kentucky bourbon boom and become one of the most celebrated and awarded bourbon brands. At only three labels (and annual special editions), their portfolio is one of the smallest of the major Kentucky distilleries, but just last year they added a “fourth rose” to the lineup, Small Batch Select. Unlike the standard Small Batch release, Small Batch Select is non-chill filtered to retain more straight-from-the-barrel flavor. It is comprised of no less than six of Four Roses’ ten different mashbills and boasts the highest proof in the core lineup. All those qualities have helped to create an impressively complex yet balanced bourbon. The aroma is full of rich, classic bourbon notes: dark brown sugar, creamy butterscotch, and baking spice. The palate is big but approachable for a higher-proof bourbon with notes of burnt sugar and candied fruits that give way to Snickers Bar and a warm, lingering finish. After a recent expansion in distribution, Small Batch Select is now available in 30 states plus Washington, D.C., which is good news. This is a must-try for bourbon lovers.
Alcohol %: 52
Producer: Four Roses Distillery, web page: