American whiskey pioneer Paul Jones, Jr. created Four Roses in Louisville, Kentucky in 1884. During Prohibition, his Frankfort Distilling Company was one of only six distilleries granted permission to produce bourbon for medicinal purposes. After The Repeal, the distillery and Four Roses Bourbon continued to flourish and remained one of the country's bestselling bourbons.
Sagging demand for bourbon in the 1950s eventually forced the company to discontinue its sales here in the states. Nevertheless, its sales remained brisk in the emerging European and Asian markets. In February 2002, the Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd. purchased the brand and reintroduced the famed bourbon into the American market.
Four Roses Single Barrel is made from a mash bill comprised of 60% corn with the remainder being rye and malted barley. It has a deep amber/gold hue, a satiny, medium-weight body and a wafting bouquet laced with the aromas of cinnamon, toasted oak, caramel, vanilla and maple syrup. The whiskey's aromatics make it well worth the price of admission. On the palate, the whiskey delivers waves of dry, delectable flavors, including vanilla, toffee, butterscotch, cinnamon, black cherries and molasses. The long lasting flavors thankfully linger on the palate for a remarkably long time. Sippin' whiskey just doesn't get much better than this.