The sentimental story of how this bourbon received its name involves a marriage proposal from the distillery founder to a Southern belle being accepted by the symbolic wearing of four roses on a ball gown. More interesting is the fact that it stands out from more assertive bourbons like a ballerina in a rugby scrum. Purchased in 2002 by Japanese company Kirin, Four Roses is unique among bourbons in that the pretty distillery operates more like a Japanese concern than an American one. It creates ten different whiskeys within its walls, based on two recipes and using five different yeasts. The whiskeys are then mingled together to create fruity and feminine Four Roses bourbon.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Underneath the pineapple chunks, peaches and sugared fruit jellies, is some searing woody spice.
Palate: Incredibly soft at first, then fruit, hickory, mint toffee and aromatic vanilla and wood spice.
Retails for around £22