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Four Roses 2020 Limited Edition Small Batch Review

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“Each batch in this year’s limited edition bottling is an exceptional whiskey that could have stood on its own as a single barrel offering. But in this case the sum is even greater than the parts – as together these bring a perfect balance of bright, vibrant flavors and aromas from the 12 and 16-year-old barrels combined with the oak tones and aged expressions from the 19-year-old batch.”Brent Elliott, Four Roses Master Distiller
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FOUR ROSES 2020 LIMITED EDITION SMALL BATCH


  • DISTILLER: Four Roses Distillery
  • MASH BILL: A blend of four different Four Roses recipes:
    • OBSV - 12 years
    • OESV - 12 years
    • OESK - 16 years
    • OBSK - 19 years
  • AGE: A blend of 12, 16 and 19 year bourbons
  • YEAR: 2020
  • PROOF: 111.3 Proof (55.65% ABV)
  • MSRP: $150.00
  • BUY ONLINE: The special bottling will roll out to select retailers in late September. Additionally, Four Roses will offer a limited quantity for sale at the Four Roses Distillery Visitor Center via a public lottery draw. Individuals may register for the lottery from August 25 to September 9 by visiting the Four Roses website. Those who are selected via random draw will schedule appointments to pick up their purchase at the Four Roses Distillery.

NOSE: Buttery Vanilla  |  Fruit Bomb (apples/pears) | Toasted Marshmallow |  Spiced Oranges

TASTE: Berries & Cream  |  Crystalized Brown Sugar  |  Orange Peel |  Toasted Oak

FINISH: Long finish of mild oak, dry spice and Juicy Fruit.

SHARE WITH: It’s okay to share this with only a select group of friends with palates advanced enough to appreciate the differences between Four Roses recipes. You can tell your whiskey and coke swilling brother-in-law to back off and go back to his Jack and Coke. Of course, any Four Roses fan will love this release!

WORTH THE PRICE: At an MSRP of $150 this year’s release is $10 more than last year’s. While Four Roses is pushing the upper limit of what I’m willing to spend on a limited edition release, I’d still grab a bottle if given a chance to buy one at MSRP. But once it goes crazy on the secondary market I’d probably pass and let others chase it down and spend all their money.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: This is a bottle purchase if putting down $150 for a bottle of bourbon doesn’t cause you any discomfort.  If it gives you pause, try it at a bar or get some friends to split a bottle.

OVERALL: Similar to last year’s release, this year’s Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch bourbon has a lovely nosed filled with buttery vanilla and complemented with a pome fruit bomb and spiced orange. Each aroma is full represented solidly but also flow naturally with the others creating an overall aroma that is greater than just the sum of its parts.

It’s sweet on the tip of the tongue with berries & cream covered with crystalized brown sugar. As it hits your mid-palate, the flavors shift with notes of orange peel and toasted oak that balance out the sweetness with bitter – just enough to bring it all into harmony.

The finish is long and leaves a very pleasant balance of oak, drying spice a dash of Juicy Fruit. It’s not a legendary finish but it’s very pleasant and one that I imagine would be complemented with some great selection of candied or chocolate covered fruits.

Once again Brent Elliott shows us Four Roses is in excellent hands and that new and long-time fans have plenty to be excited about each fall when the limited edition small batch is released.

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Four Roses’ 2020 Limited Edition Small Batch launches in September

Latest release in distillery’s limited edition series features barrels hand-selected by 2020 Master Distiller of the Year, Brent Elliott

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (August 25, 2020) – Four Roses Distillery will issue the newest release in its series of limited-quantity special bottlings this September – the 2020 Limited Edition Small Batch. This limited bottling is the latest release following the distillery’s own Brent Elliott being named Distiller/Blender of the Year at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky America awards this February.

Non-chill filtered and bottled at a 111.4 proof, the 2020 Limited Edition Small Batch features four different hand-selected batches aged 12 to 19 years. These batches represent four of the distillery’s 10 distinct Bourbon recipes – a 12-year-old Bourbon from the OBSV recipe, a 12-year-old OESV, a 16-year-old OESK, and a 19-year-old OBSK.

“Each batch in this year’s limited edition bottling is an exceptional whiskey that could have stood on its own as a single barrel offering,” Elliott said. “But in this case the sum is even greater than the parts – as together these bring a perfect balance of bright, vibrant flavors and aromas from the 12 and 16-year-old barrels combined with the oak tones and aged expressions from the 19-year-old batch.”

In addition to the Distiller/Blender of the Year honor, Elliott also celebrates his fifth anniversary as master distiller this year. A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Elliott began his career with Four Roses Distillery in 2005, and advanced to his current position in September 2015. He has played an integral role in the growth and continued acclaim of Four Roses and his experience with the brand includes everything from applying his chemistry degree in production, to formulating Four Roses’ 10 distinct Bourbon recipes and hand-selecting barrels for award-winning bottlings. The art of mingling Bourbons from multiple recipes and batches allows Elliott the ability to create new and interesting expressions with each new release.

The 2020 Limited Edition Small Batch offers elegant aromas of apple, orange peel, honey and vanilla. The Bourbon is complemented by flavors of apricot, pear, and hints of red berries leading to a rich, soft and lasting finish boasting rye spice, light oak and refreshing fruit.

Four Roses will distribute approximately 14,040 hand-numbered bottles of the 2020 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon to be sold in the United States with a suggested retail price of $150.

The special bottling will roll out to select retailers in late September. Additionally, Four Roses will offer a limited quantity for sale at the Four Roses Distillery Visitor Center via a public lottery draw. Individuals may register for the lottery from August 25 to September 9 by visiting the Four Roses website. Those who are selected via random draw will schedule appointments to pick up their purchase at the Four Roses Distillery.


Four Roses provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.

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