The 2013 release of master distiller Jim Rutledge’s Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon celebrates the distillery’s 125th anniversary. It’s a marriage of three recipes with three different ages: an 18-year-old whiskey (60% corn, 35% rye, 5% barley), a 13-year-old with the same mashbill and a 13-year-old that is higher in corn, lower in rye. Bottled unfiltered and uncut, the blend has an exuberance that’s unexpected from a whiskey this old. It’s very fruity, almost like cantaloupe and berries, with a lush sweetness that is counterbalanced by just enough oak to add vanilla and spice. Concentrated flavors and a high proof necessitate dilution, but with something this nice, go simple: Add a large chunk of ice and enjoy the way the flavors evolve and shine over time.
Four Roses, Lawrenceburg, KY
This story appears in the print issue of December 2013.
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