Limited to just 3,000 bottles, it arrives 15 years after Four Roses’ last extension of its line, Small Batch. It’s also the first non-chill filtered bourbon to be added to the distillery’s permanent range (previously, only its limited editions were non-chill-filtered).
133-year-old Four Roses remains the only bourbon distillery that combines two mash bills with five proprietary yeast strains to produce 10 distinct recipes. Six of these – all aged between six and seven years – were selected and mingled by master distiller Brent Elliott to create Small Batch Select.
Named Master Distiller/Blender of the year at 2020's 'Icons of American Whiskey' awards, Elliott says he's crafted a bourbon that “showcases bourbon recipes and flavours that aren't as forward-facing in the rest of our line-up. It's an extension of what we do well at Four Roses – balancing candied fruit with warmth and spice and enjoyable to both connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike."
The distillery says this expression has notes of raspberries, clove and nutmeg on the nose; apricot, ripe berries, vanilla and light oak on the palate; and a lingering peppermint and cinnamon finish.
Small Batch Select (52% ABV) has an RRP of £58 and is available through many retail and online outlets.