The Bourbon: Four Roses Single Barrel
Distillery: Four Roses Distillery, Lawrenceburg, KY
Average Price: $43.99
This top-shelf bourbon has one of the more sophisticated distilling processes on the market, using corn, rye and five yeast strains to produce its rich, unique flavor. Single Barrel isn’t merely a cocktail mixer. It’s bourbon for people who know what bourbon’s all about. That’s why it’s won several domestic and international taste competitions over the past decade. When you drink Four Roses Single Barrel, don’t rely on your taste buds alone. Your sense of smell is actually 10,000 times more powerful than taste. While this isn’t ideal at a festival, it does wonders for enjoying bourbon.
The nose is full of cherries, pear, and chocolate along with some oak and toffee. The palate finds even more oak, darker fruits, and an additional hint of chocolate. The long, easy finish comes back to the cherries, sugars, and oak.