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Four Roses Set To Release 2009 Mariage Collection

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ — Four Roses Distillery will release
the second in a series of limited edition, small batch bourbons this month at
the 2009 Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

four-roses-mariage-collectionHall of Fame Master Distiller Jim Rutledge has hand selected and artfully
married two bourbon recipes, never before combined, for the exclusive Mariage
Collection 2009 Release.  It includes a 19-year-old and 10-year-old bourbon
from one recipe (coded OBSK), and a 10-year-old bourbon from a different
recipe (coded OESO).

Four Roses is the only distillery that combines five proprietary yeast strains
with two separate mashbills to produce 10 distinct bourbon recipes, each with
its own unique character.

With nearly 43 years in the bourbon industry, Rutledge said he is excited
about this year’s selection.  “Four Roses has the ability to select two, or
more, of our ten unique recipes for this special annual bourbon,” said
Rutledge.  “It’s not often a bourbon is aged to perfection at 19 years, but
this year’s edition is an exception.  This is a special occasion and we look
forward to sharing it.”

Robust, fruity aromas of ripened cherries and rich pipe tobacco combined with
hints of lemon citrus and dried oak help to define this edition in the Mariage
Collection.  On the palate, suggestions of ripe fruit and allspice emerge with
evidence of a smooth caramel and toffee finish.

Bottled at barrel strength and not chill filtered, the distillery will
distribute approximately 3,500 bottles of this limited-edition bourbon to
markets where Four Roses is currently available.

Last September marked the initial release of the Mariage Collection – which
plays off the word “marriage,” and honors the day Four Roses founder Paul
Jones Jr. proposed to a beautiful Southern belle.

The Southern belle replied that if her answer were “yes,” she would wear a
corsage of four roses to the upcoming ball.  When she arrived at the ball, she
wore a corsage of four red roses, and Jones later named his bourbon “Four
Roses” as a symbol of his passion for her and to honor the special occasion.

For more information on the Mariage Collection or Four Roses’ 10 distinct
bourbon recipes, visit www.fourroses.us.

SOURCE  Four Roses Bourbon

Nick Clark, +1-502-589-7711, nclark@bch.com, for Four Roses Bourbon

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Buffalo Trace Distillery Rolls Out 2009 Antique Collection

FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY – The wait is over! Fall is here and so is the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. The 2009 Collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs. Here is what whiskey lovers can expect:

Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old
Two time winner of the “American Whiskey of the Year” award, the 2009 release is comprised of whiskey that has been aged on the first floor of Warehouse K. The first floor enables the barrels to age slowly and gracefully. This vintage has a rye spice aroma with oak, leather and molasses notes.

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
These barrels were distilled in the spring of 1992 and have been aging on the third floor of Warehouse K. With 17 years of aging under its belt it brings to the table notes of molasses, leather, vanilla and toffee.

George T. Stagg
The 2009 George T. Stagg was found on first and third floors of Warehouses I and K. This bourbon was distilled back in the winter of 1992 and weighs in at 141.4 proof—some strong stuff! This whiskey tastes of toffee, molasses, vanilla and coffee.

William Larue Weller
William Larue Weller is the Antique Collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheat recipe bourbon. It was distilled in the fall of 1998 and aged on the fifth floor of Warehouses N and O. This William Larue Weller release registers in at 134.8 proof. It tastes of caramel, toffee and a bit of cinnamon.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye is an uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. This year’s Handy was distilled in the spring of 2002 and aged on the third floor of Warehouse K. It is 129 proof.  The flavor is intense with hints of allspice and dried fruit.

The Antique Collection was introduced nearly a decade ago and continues to grow in popularity. Since 2000 these whiskeys have garnered numerous awards from such notable publications as Malt Advocate Magazine and Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible.

“I look forward to the selection of these products each year,” said Master Distiller, Harlen Wheatley. “Carrying on the Buffalo Trace tradition of producing premium whiskeys is an honor. And these are some of best we have to offer.”

The Antique Collection will be available in late October. For more information visit www.greatbourbon.com or contact Kris Comstock at kcomstock@buffalotrace.com or (502) 696-5936.

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