In 1888, Paul Jones Jr, trademarked the name Four Roses. During the 1930s, 40s and 50s Four Roses was the top selling Bourbon in the United States. Indeed, it was my father’s favorite.

Ironically, the sale of Four Roses in the United States was discontinued in the sixties. Instead, it became a valuable export and dominated the markets in Asia and Europe where it remains a top selling brand today. In the early 2000s, a decision is made to bring this wonderful whiskey back home. And by 2004, it’s back on  American shelves.

Today, Master Distiller, Brent Elliot, oversees production at the Louisville distillery. The company prides itself on owning five proprietary strains of yeast that produce ten distinct recipes. The strain of yeast used in Four Roses single barrel  is version “V”, which is described as being delicate fruit, spicy, and creamy.

The mashbill consists of 60% corn, 35% rye, and 5% malted barley.  As a result, it yields a complex, full-bodied and surprisingly smooth bourbon with a delicate, long finish that’s unbelievably mellow.

It’s good to have this great bourbon home again!

Four Roses Single Barrel

Producer: Four Roses Distillery

Origin: Kentucky, USA

ABV: 50.0%

Price Range: $$

Awards: San Francisco (2007, 08, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16); Beverage Testing Institute 2008 (94) 10 (93), 13(94); Wine Enthusiast 2008 (96-100) 2013 (93) 2016 (94)


Tasting Notes —

Color: Deep amber

Nose: Fruity, spicy, floral, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, maple syrup, moderately woody.

Palette: Hints of ripe plum & cherries, robust, full body, mellow.

Finish: Smooth & delicately long.

Price Guide:

$$$$$ = Greater than $100
$$$$   = $80 – 100
$$$     = $50 – 80
$$       = $30 – 50
$          = Less than $30

Further Ratings & Reviews

There are many websites and blogs that do an excellent job of reviewing and rating whiskies. As mentioned above The Whiskybits Composite Score is based on an average of at least three reviews conducted by industry leaders. The reviews sites normally referenced include The LA Whisk(e)y Society, The Whisky Reviewer, Proof 66, The Whisky Advocate and The Whisky Jug.