Four Roses Bourbon

By Neil Brotherston Friday 16th Jan, 2015

Well Dapper Chappers, I’m not sure if you’d noticed, but we’ve had a little break from Bourbon on the Dapper Bar in recent months. While early on we had a few bourbons off the shelf on review, we felt a little break was necessary, to give some other spirits a chance….and it’s safe to say they took it.

However, it’s time for Bourbon to take centre stage once again. So step forward Four Roses Yellow Label Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Now before we get started on this review, we’d like to mention that this is the entry level Bourbon on offer from Four Roses. Ordinarily, we would look past the entry level bottles in favour of their more sophisticated and older brothers and sisters. However, the only thing entry level about this Four Roses is the price, coming in at £20.95 for a 70cl bottle.

The smoothness of taste, and depth of flavours belies the price you pay to get your hands on this bottle. And it’s for that reason, we’re delighted to recommend this fantastic product to you. After all, you don’t win Gold medals at the 2014 San Francisco AND Denver International Spirits Competitions for nothing.

Four Roses have been producing top quality Bourbon since 1888, in Europe and Asia at least. In the US they did have a strange 50 years up until 2002, where they decided to ship all of their quality Bourbon to the European and Asian markets, and shifting focus in America to American Blended Whiskey…..a move that almost wiped out the brand in the USA.

However, for us Europeans Four Roses is a staple of the Bourbon market. It’s unique production process in which they produce 10 separate bourbons, using their unique combinations of five separate yeast strains and two mash bills (grain mixtures), which are then blended together to create the Yellow Label Bourbon.

Not only can they combine 10 different bourbons, but they can also incorporate different ages of each of these bourbons, offering them a truly unique level of flexibility when producing this Bourbon, especially given that it is their entry-level offering. And it’s a flexibility and complexity that really shines through in the taste.

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The first thing you notice upon sipping Four Roses Yellow Label is that there is an initial spice hit, which if left too long may be considered a little aggressive. However, this is quickly replaced by a very smooth caramel, vanilla and honey taste, which is overlapped with a distinct taste of apple to finish off the flavour profile which lingers long on the tongue, with the heat of the alcohol remaining on the tongue.

Overall, this is a remarkably high quality Bourbon given the price point. We can certainly see why Four Roses has been gathering accolades left, right and centre.

While we’d definitely recommend trying this on ice, just to get an appreciation for the complexity of the 10 different Bourbon recipes that make this up, we’re going to recommend a Dapper Chapper favourite cocktail to try with Four Roses:

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Old Fashioned

Ingredients:

– 50ml Four Roses Yellow Label

– 1 cube of sugar

– 2 dashes bitters

– 2-3 ice cubes

– Twist of lemon

Directions:

– Place a sugar cube in an Old Fashioned Glass.

– Add the bitters and just enough water to dissolve the sugar.

– Muddle the sugar in the glass, so that it coats the bottom of it.

– Add the ice cubes and then the Four Roses Yellow Label.

– Garnish with a twist of Lemon.

– Enjoy.

Four Roses Yellow Label is available online from The Whisky Exchange for a price of £20.95.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well Dapper Chappers, I’m not sure if you’d noticed, but we’ve had a little break from Bourbon on the Dapper Bar in recent months. While early on we had a few bourbons off the shelf on review, we felt a little break was necessary, to give some other spirits a chance….and it’s safe to say they took it.

 

However, it’s time for Bourbon to take centre stage once again. So step forward Four Roses Yellow Label Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

 

Now before we get started on this review, we’d like to mention that this is the entry level Bourbon on offer from Four Roses. Ordinarily, we would look past the entry level bottles in favour of their more sophisticated and older brothers and sisters. However, the only thing entry level about this Four Roses is the price, coming in at £20.95 for a 70cl bottle.

The smoothness of taste, and depth of flavours belies the price you pay to get your hands on this bottle. And it’s for that reason, we’re delighted to recommend this fantastic product to you. After all, you don’t win Gold medals at the 2014 San Francisco AND Denver International Spirits Competitions for nothing.

Four Roses have been producing top quality Bourbon since 1888, in Europe and Asia at least. In the US they did have a strange 50 years up until 2002, where they decided to ship all of their quality Bourbon to the European and Asian markets, and shifting focus in America to American Blended Whiskey…..a move that almost wiped out the brand in the USA.

However, for us Europeans Four Roses is a staple of the Bourbon market. It’s unique production process in which they produce 10 separate bourbons, using their unique combinations of five separate yeast strains and two mash bills (grain mixtures), which are then blended together to create the Yellow Label Bourbon.

Not only can they combine 10 different bourbons, but they can also incorporate different ages of each of these bourbons, offering them a truly unique level of flexibility when producing this Bourbon, especially given that it is their entry-level offering. And it’s a flexibility and complexity that really shines through in the taste.

The first thing you notice upon sipping Four Roses Yellow Label is that there is an initial spice hit, which if left too long may be considered a little aggressive. However, this is quickly replaced by a very smooth caramel, vanilla and honey taste, which is overlapped with a distinct taste of apple to finish off the flavour profile which lingers long on the tongue, with the heat of the alcohol remaining on the tongue.

Overall, this is a remarkably high quality Bourbon given the price point. We can certainly see why Four Roses has been gathering accolades left, right and centre.

While we’d definitely recommend trying this on ice, just to get an appreciation for the complexity of the 10 different Bourbon recipes that make this up, we’re going to recommend a Dapper Chapper favourite cocktail to try with Four Roses:

Old Fashioned

Ingredients:

– 50ml Four Roses Yellow Label

– 1 cube of sugar

– 2 dashes bitters

– 2-3 ice cubes

– Twist of lemon

Directions:

– Place a sugar cube in an Old Fashioned Glass.

– Add the bitters and just enough water to dissolve the sugar.

– Muddle the sugar in the glass, so that it coats the bottom of it.

– Add the ice cubes and then the Four Roses Yellow Label.

– Garnish with a twist of Lemon.

– Enjoy.

Four Roses Yellow Label is available online from The Whisky Exchange for a price of £20.95.