Aged for over 11 years and bottled at cask strength, this bourbon, which is available exclusively to Caskers members, was selected by the Caskers team and Jim Rutledge.
On the banks of the Salt River, nestled in the quiet Kentucky countryside near Lawrenceburg, Four Roses Distillery is a testament to American ingenuity and perseverance. Built in 1910 to resemble the architecture of California wineries, the distillery — now listed on the National Register of Historic Places — was one of six distilleries that was granted permission to operate during Prohibition.
Following Prohibition, Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon became the top-selling bourbon in the United States. In 1943, Seagram's bought the distillery and a decade later, discontinued the sale of Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon. In 2002, the distillery changed hands again, and the new owner brought a renewed sense of purpose and vigor to Four Roses.
After an illustrious, 20-year career as the master distiller at Four Roses Distillery, Jim Rutledge retired September 1st, 2015. Days before his retirement, the Caskers team paid Jim a visit to select — with his help, of course — a few of the finest (and final) casks ever to be produced under Jim’s tenure.
Four Roses Caskers Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey is the second of these casks, and is made from a mash of 75% corn, 20% rye and 5% malted barley. While straight bourbon must be aged for a minimum of two years, this barrel of Four Roses Bourbon was aged for 11 years and 3 months in a newly charred, American white oak cask (Cask 57-2G). In addition, while most distilleries age bourbon in warehouses that are many stories high, Four Roses ages its bourbon in a one-story warehouse to ensure that each barrel is aged in a similar environment. This particular cask is described by Four Roses as “OESO” — each letter represents a unique criteria, including the location of production, mashbill, type of whiskey (“straight”) and specific yeast strain. Once the bourbon had aged, it was bottled at cask strength (112 proof).
The bourbon has a lush nose, complete with aromas of vanilla, toasted oak, candied apples, sherry and breakfast cereal. The palate is full-bodied, with further notes of caramel and burnt sugar coating the mouth, and leads to a creamy, incredibly smooth finish with touches of pecans, waffles and maple butter.
This exclusive cask won’t be available long — make sure to pick up a bottle (or two) today!
112 (56% ABV)
Four Roses Distillery
This product is not available in AK, CO, DE, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MA, MN, MS, NC, NV, NH, ND, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI or WV.
Intoxicating nose, with aromas of toffee, maple, corn pudding and sweet oak. The palate is full-bodied, with notes of honey, biscuits and green chilies, and leads to a soft finish with hints of chocolate and dried meats.