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Four Roses is one of the most recognizable bourbons and it is hard to believe that for the most part of the 20th Century the brand was split between straight bourbon bottled exclusively for export and Duty Free markets and American blended whisky destined for the US. Seagram acquired the brand in 1942 and decided to convert the best selling bourbon into blended whiskey. When Seagram unloaded its spirit division in 2001 Four Roses its Japanese partner Kirin purchased it. Four Roses bourbon is distilled using two formulas – 75 or 60% corn, 20 or 35% rye and 5% of malted barley. Whiskeys are vatted together to maintain consistency. Here we have a bottle from the late 1990s designed for sale outside the US.
Nose: light and fragrant, vanilla, toffee, orange and lemon peels, dried flower petals, hints of oak and garden herbs.
Palate: smooth and nicely balanced, vanilla, butterscotch, sweet pastries, honey, milk chocolate and subtle spicy and oaky notes.
Finish: not too long, soft and slightly floral, with notes of honey, vanilla, hints of caramel and toasted oak.