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Cooking With Bourbon From Four Roses

eggnogLAWRENCEBURG, Ky., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Declared by Congress as America’s Native Spirit and the country’s official distilled spirit, bourbon has become a special part of many holidays – and nowhere more so than in bourbon’s home state of Kentucky.

“Cooking with bourbon or making a batch of eggnog during the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays can be a wonderful family tradition,” said Hall of Fame Master Distiller Jim Rutledge of Four Roses Bourbon in Lawrenceburg, Ky.

Rutledge said his distillery receives emails from across the country asking for an eggnog recipe that ran in a Life magazine advertisement in the 1930s.

“It makes us proud that we’re able to continue being a part of those traditions to this day,” Rutledge said.

Chef Dean Corbett of one of Louisville, Ky.’s fine-dining restaurants, Equus, believes bourbon can add interest and intrigue to many dishes that are perfect for holiday entertaining.

“Bourbon is such a versatile ingredient,” Corbett said. “You can throw it in a sauce to enhance a savory dish like our Shrimp Jenkins. Its sweet notes also make it a natural for desserts like bread pudding and Bananas Foster.”

Equus’ bar manager and Louisville Magazine’s pick for the city’s best bartender, Joy Perrine suggests warming up a holiday party with bourbon as the featured punch ingredient, or a rich, steamy drink like the Hot Buttered Bourbon made with bourbon and real butter.

Four Roses Eggnog
(from Life magazine ad, 1936)
—  Beat separately yolks and whites of 6 eggs.
—  Add 1/2 cup of sugar to yolks while beating.
—  Add 1/4 cup of sugar to whites after they have been beaten very stiff.
—  Mix egg whites with yolks.
—  Stir in 1 pint of cream and 1 pint of milk.
—  Add a pint of Four Roses and 1 oz. Jamaican rum. Stir thoroughly and serve very cold.

Hot Buttered Bourbon (from Joy Perrine’s Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book, 2009)

—  5 oz. hot water
—  2 oz. spice-infused bourbon
—  3/4 oz. brown sugar syrup
—  1 oz. butter at room temp (no butter substitutes!)
—  Combine water, bourbon and syrup. Stir well.
—  Add the butter and stir rapidly to blend the butter into the rest of the mix. Serve immediately.

For more information on holiday gift offerings or drink recipes, visit www.fourroses.us

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Four Roses Has Launched Its Private Selection

FOURROSESBARRELLAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (October 12, 2009) – Four Roses has launched its Private Selection – acustomized barrel selection program offering spirits retailers the option of sampling a variety of recipes in choosing a one-of-a-kind single barrel bourbon to stock on their shelves or bar back.

Four Roses is the only bourbon distillery that combines five proprietary yeast strains with two separate mashbills to produce 10 distinct bourbon recipes, each with unique characteristics.  Currently, retailers may select from eight recipes, aged between eight and 10 years, as part of the Four Roses Private Selection program. Existing barrel inventories of two Four Roses recipes have not yet aged the program’s minimum of eight years.

With the range of recipes and ages available, spirits retailers have the opportunity to stock a bourbon that has never before been bottled for distribution in America.

Four Roses invites retailers interested in selecting their own barrel to visit the warehouses and bottling facilities in Cox’s Creek, Ky.  Hall of Fame Master Distiller Jim Rutledge often leads participants through a sampling process to help determine their preferred taste profile.

“It’s always fascinating to sample the different recipes with retailers, because a particular barrel that I may think is remarkable may not be someone else’s favorite,” Rutledge said.  “With bourbon, it’s all about personal preference, and with Four Roses’ 10 recipes, we are really able to offer an incredibly wide range of options.”

Once a retailer selects a barrel, Four Roses will bottle the bourbon at barrel strength – uncut and not chill filtered.  Restaurants, bars and spirits retailers may have their name and logo added to a customized bottle label.  Each barrel produces between 25 and 40 six-bottle cases.

Retailers in Kentucky, California, Tennessee, Illinois and New York have already participated in the Private Selection program.

For more information on Four Roses’ Private Selection Program, visit www.fourroses.us or call the distillery at (502) 839-3436.

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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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Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2009 Review

Four Roses Limited Edition SB 2009The Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2009 Release is starting to hit the shelves now. The bourbon is coming at uncut barrel strength and has not been chill filtered. It is running 11 years old and around 113.8 proof (or 56.9 percent alcohol by volume). The 2009 Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon has combined the mashbill using 20% rye grain with yeast number 5 which is the OESQ recipe (see below for reference code info). The distillery is producing 1,836 bottles of this release, from super select barrels, and distributing it only in select U.S. markets. The price point is around $70 USD.

Master Distiller Jim Rutledge specially selected the sophisticated 11-year-old whiskey from among the 10 bourbon recipes the distillery produces.

“We’re excited to continue the tradition of releasing an exceptional, and very unique single barrel limited edition that consists of one recipe we feel exhibits various combinations of flavors and aromas pleasing to any Bourbon enthusiast,” said Rutledge.

As a member of the Mellow Moments Club, I had the privilege of tasting this bourbon at the Four Roses Distillery prior to its release. Master Distiller, Jim Rutledge, opened a barrel and drew some of the precious whiskey straight from the barrel for us to taste. He kept the pours coming all night and entertained us until we were all content! When asked how he liked to drink his bourbon, he said, “straight from the barrel!”

The first thing I noticed about my pour of whiskey was the dark, rich amber color. The nose was quite potent and told of the higher proof. The first taste had an initial edge that turned smooth and sweet. Upon taking my first taste, I immediately noticed less spice and ultimately less rye than the standard Four Roses single barrel bourbon (20 % vs. 35%). This bourbon seemed to sit very well on the tongue and was less oily than the standard single barrel. I tasted the oak, nuts, caramel, honey, a bit of wheat grass and spice. It had a very long, clean and complex finish with a nice slow burn that hung around for a bit. After several drinks, the rye started to pop out a little more, but was not overpowering and somewhat subtle. It added to the great complexity of the bourbon. I added a splash of water, which greatly opened the whiskey up and brought out more subtleties. It handled the splash of water very well and is how I will probably drink it from this point forward.

Overall the bourbon is a success. It is different from anything else I have tasted from Four Roses. I can say that it is probably not a bourbon for the beginner or average bourbon drinker. It is definitely targeted at the connoisseur with a sophisticated palette. That being said, I will definitely be buying several bottles of this for the bunker, if I can find them.

Be sure to let us know what you think!

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Four Roses Reference Codes:

10 Total Recipes

Two Mashbills:

OE             OB

Corn                        75%         60%
Rye                          20%         35%
Malted Barley         5%           5%

Five Yeast Cultures:

Yeast Codes:          V, K, O, Q, F

Basic Flavor Descriptors:
V – Delicate fruity flavor
K – Slight spicy character
O – Robust fruitiness
Q – Floral essence
F – Light herbal essence

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Four Roses Bourbon Seminar For MMC Members

Dear Mellow Moments Club Member,Mellow Moments Club

We would like to invite you to join Master Distiller, Jim Rutledge for a Bourbon Seminar at Four Roses Distillery on Tuesday, June 9th.  Jim will give a presentation on the Bourbon making process, and explain how we make Four Roses Bourbons always smooth and always mellow.  After the presentation there will be a walking tour of the distillery and then move to the sensory lab for a tasting of Four Roses Bourbon and other Bourbons currently on the market.  The evening will finish with a social hour in which you may mingle with other Mellow Moments Club members and Four Roses staff.

Due to our seating capacity the Bourbon Seminar with Jim is limited, priority will be given to members who have not attended in the past.  The seminar will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  At 8:00 pm the social hour begins.  This will be a time for members to talk with Jim and meet new friends.

To make a reservation for a member and one guest for the seminar please RSVP by Monday, June 1.

Please email Julie_Crittenden@fourroses.biz or call 1-877-FOUROSE for reservations or with any questions you may have regarding this event.  Must be 21 to attend and this event is offered at no charge.

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Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel “Sneak Peak”

Mellow Moments ClubFour Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2009Dear Mellow Moments Club Member,

Shhh!  Please don’t tell!  We’re offering a “sneak peek” of the Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel 2009 only to MMC members.  Come and celebrate with us and enjoy a sip of the latest non chill filtered Barrel Strength Bourbon.  This wonderful Bourbon is another one of our unique ten recipes, aged 11 years, and never before been released as a Single Barrel.  We want you to be the first to know and taste this special release.

On May 28, we are offering you the opportunity to sample this selection before it hits the shelves.  We invite you to join us at the distillery from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. for  hors d’oeuvres and a taste of this Limited Edition chosen by Master Distiller, Jim Rutledge.  During this event Jim will describe the uniqueness of this special Bourbon and answer any questions you may have about the product.

If you would like to attend with one guest, please RSVP by May 22 by calling 1.877.FOUROSE or via email to julie_crittenden@fourroses.biz

The reservations for this event are limited so reply as soon as possible.

Highly respected whiskey writer, Chuck Cowdery has already sampled it. Check out his review here.

Link: Press Release

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