Four Roses is one of the most popular bourbons on store shelves and it's a great pick for those looking to drink a decent bottle without breaking the bank. The main bourbon they produce is their Yellow Label, but they also make a Small Batch Select, a standard Single Barrel and a couple of annual limited releases.
The main thing that distinguishes Four Roses from other bourbons is their blending process and their approach to making a consistent bourbon. They use two mash bills (high rye and low rye) and five proprietary yeast strains to create ten distinct recipes which they then blend together for a variety of flavour profiles.
Each recipe is unique and uses different mashbills, yeast strains and ageing processes to produce a different flavor profile. Master Distiller Brent Elliott is very transparent about these processes and tries to educate his fans as much as possible on the specific characteristics of each one.
Their standard single barrel expression is a blend of a high rye mash bill with a yeast strain that highlights delicate fruit. It is bottled at 100 proof and is a perfect example of what a single barrel expression should be like from Four Roses.
The Small Batch Select is the first permanent addition to Four Roses' core range and it’s a fantastic choice for those who want to get a good dose of Four Roses bourbon at an affordable price. It’s non-chill filtered, aged to perfection and bottled at the appropriate proof for its profile, making it accessible to a wider audience than the rest of the Four Roses core range and giving the brand the chance to showcase some of the more delicate recipes that they’ve had little opportunity to develop over the years.