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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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Old Forester Releases 2009 Birthday Bourbon

ofbirthdaybottle08Louisville, Ky. – Old Forester has released this year’s expression of its Birthday Bourbon in honor of George Garvin Brown, the founder of Louisville-based Brown-Forman and Old Forester, America’s First Bottled Bourbon™. Launched seven years ago to commemorate Brown’s Birthday on September 2, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is a limited-edition, historically award-winning bourbon and a must-have for bourbon enthusiasts.

“This year’s vintage release of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is crafted from a 98 barrel batch,” said Chris Morris, master distiller of Old Forester. “These barrels were stored in the small warehouse B and larger warehouse J, on their 5th and 8th floors respectively.  These upper floor locations exposed the barrels to a great degree of heat during the summer months which resulted in a rich, complex maturation profile.”

Unlike the standard Old Forester, which is a blend of whisky from several different years, Birthday Bourbon is a vintage-dated bourbon, hand-selected by Morris from one specific day of production. The result is a one-of-a-kind character and flavor that will never be replicated again. Its unique decanter style glass bottle is a throwback to the late 1800’s when Old Forester was first produced.

Since its introduction in 2002, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon has received unprecedented acclaim and has collected honors from USA Today, Malt Advocate, Wine & Spirits Magazine, and Santé.  A favorite among critics, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon has taken home gold from numerous tasting competitions including a gold medal in the 2005, 2006 & 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The 2007 expression was also named American Whiskey of the Year at WhiskyFest New York.

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, a Brown-Forman product, has a suggested retail price of $39.99 and is sold at most liquor stores with a wide and varied range of bourbons. The 2009 edition of Birthday Bourbon is bottled at 97 proof, to correspond with the year it was distilled, 1997.

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