Okay, okay, so this one’s not exactly an outlier, but I had to include it because it’s great whiskey. Master distiller Jim Rutledge builds all of his Four Roses Bourbons from a palette of ten different whiskies fashioned from two different mashbills—one higher in rye than the other—and five distinct yeast strains. (Most distilleries, even those producing several different brands, work o of only one or two recipes.) This year’s batch, high in rye and blended from a mix of barrels that range from 9 to 13 years old, is luscious with taffy, cherry and mint notes with a touch of citrus. The almost sorghum-like sweetness compliments the oak spice, finishing with a nice, warming cinnamon-like heat.
Reviewed in W&S December 2014.