Tuesday, December 8, 2015

2015 Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition: Amen!!!



I would just like to start this post off by thanking The Mr. Jim Rutledge, retiring and or recently retired Master Distiller at Four Roses, and one of the most brilliant bourbon minds we've been blessed with over the years.... 

Unfortunately, I have never had the privilege of meeting him as of yet, but I am assuming he's just an awesome all around gentleman. Someone I should strive to be like whenever I finally decide to grow up and the type of person that I'd like my future sons and daughters to be with and to be like...

That being said, from afar, as a bourbon enthusiast, and as a consumer of many products that Jim has lead the helm on over the years, I am extremely grateful for how he has contributed, established, and elevated the bourbon game during his lifetime...

Over the years, Jim along with a few others have created an absolute monster of a bourbon industry and what has essentially lead to the current Bourbon Boom that we are living in via insane bourbon quality and just the whole overall Bourbon Lifestyle... 

Mosts bourbon enthusiasts have studied his background, Bourbon God of Seagrams, the Bourbon God of Four Roses who virtually saved the company from a few near death experiences, and a Bourbon God of the entire universe!! 

- Put his mug on Mount Rushmore already, somebody, please!!!!
- Ok, now that I have gushed and man-crushed super hard, lets get back to business...

2015 Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 108.6 Proof:
  • OBSK-16 YEARS
  • OESK-15 YEARS
  • OESK-14 YEARS
  • OBSV-11 YEARS

On the Nose: Hallelujah!!!!!! I must be "Winnie the Poo" because this bourbon smells like honey...

Sweet-creamy-oaky Four Roses goodness. Chocolate covered cherries, thick-rich-hot caramel, Strawberry jam, pie crust, candied fruits, slight leather, and those beautiful Four Roses spices we've come to learn and love over the years...

On the Palate: Sweet Baby Jesus!!!!! Rich, dark, and beautifully sweetened oak, although just a wee bit drier than I anticipated from that very rich beautiful Four Roses nose of creamy sweet oak...

So much honey and caramel, big time sweet tooth!!! Those wonderful chocolate covered cherries, rich homemade berry jams, strawberry shortcake, slight flower petals, candied apricots, candied peaches, and candied berries.. 

Beautifully spiced with rye and sweet and savory cinnamon and just enough vanilla.. creamy chai'ish tea and some sweet pipe tobacco..

Overall: Preach!!! Extremely balanced from start to finish...

For me the finish is long, chewy, and extremely lucius, mouth watering, mouth coating, mouth warming, exhilarating, and absolutely lasts forever, It is almost like a cognac like finish... 

This bourbon really lingers on the palate like chick that is a stage 12 clinger!! 

The 2015 Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition is unreal good for me and my personal palate. It is actually out of this world good, ungodly good, deeply attached type of good, and in love type of good...

2015 Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition took me to church, this must be what crack is like!! 

Think about "that" one thing in this world that is so amazing to you, you could die happy because it has left a lasting impression on your life forever... 

- Sadly, that is what this very special bottle of Four Roses is to me...

Possibly, "The" unicorn bottle for me, possibly "The" bottling I've been looking for all these years!! 

At the time of blogging this post, I have been blessed enough to acquire four of these wonderful bottles at retail and am desperately trying to acquire as many as I can of this one and done bourbon release...

Again...Thanks Jim for your service as "The" bourbon pioneer and bourbon ambassador all these years and for going out with a bang on your last official bottling of the 2015 Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition!!

Cheers and Happy Hunting,

Alex @bourbonboomed