Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey review

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Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey review

Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey
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Tasting notes

Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a.k.a the Yellow Label regular bourbon by Four Roses distillery. This is a legendary American whiskey, not by taste but by conspicuousness. Four Roses has to be one of the most well-known US whiskey brands along with Jack Daniel’s. At least I’ve known it all my adult life, long before I became an whiskey enthusiast.
Four Roses Yellow Label - Story behind its name
According to Four Roses website, their regular bourbon has a surprisingly long list of awards and accolades:

  • 2016 Gold Medal; San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2014 Gold Medal; San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2014 Gold Medal; Denver International Spirits Competition
  • 2013 Wine Enthusiast Top 50 Spirits Award
  • 2010 Silver Medal; San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2010 Excellent/Strong Recommendation, 92 Points; Ultimate Beverage Challenge
  • 2010 American Whisky Best Bourbon 7 Years & Under; World Whiskey Awards
  • 2010 Highly Recommended, 88 Points; International Review of Spirits
  • 2008 Highly Recommended, 88 Points; International Review of Spirits

Four Roses distillery has only two mash bills, when usually American distilleries use 3-5 mash bills for making whiskey. Four Roses Bourbon is being made at Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Mash bills used for it contain 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% malted barley and 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% malted barley. You can check out their recipe infographic here.

Valentine’s Day whiskey

Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon is in my opinion, nothing special, but a steady and smooth American whiskey for bargain hunters. I myself prefer Buffalo Trace, when looking for quality bourbon with a cheap price tag. But Four Roses isn’t bad either, surprisingly tasty for the price you’ll be getting it.

And a great gift idea for Valentine’s Day:

Tasting Notes

Mash bills:
75% corn, 20% rye, 5% malted barley and 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% malted barley
ABV: 40%
Colour: Amber
Nose: Smooth with corn dominating and a touch of rye on the back. Light and fruity,
flours and vanilla.
Taste: Crispy green apples and light fruity notes. Sweet honey with a wee spicy kick from the rye.
Finish: Touch of rye is present, bit spicy with honey and vanilla.
Balance: Overall, an okay bourbon in its price range.

Four Roses Yellow Label Scoring

74
Nose:Taste:Finish:Balance:
20
18
18
18
Distillery: Four Roses Region: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA

Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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