• Distillery Dudes Rating 76% 76%

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Distillery: Four Roses
Type & Region: Straight Bourbon, Kentucky
Proof: 80 Proof
Mash Bill: Undisclosed Blend of 75% Corn, 20% Rye, 5% Malted Barley and 60% Corn, 35% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
Aged: No Age Statement (At least 5 Years)
Price: $30

Hey there fellow bourbon enthusiasts! Today, I want to talk about one of the most approachable bourbons out there – Four Roses Yellow Label (Changed to a more beige label in early 2020 but let’s fact it, we all still call it yellow label). This Kentucky-based distillery has been producing quality bourbon since the late 1800s, and their flagship bourbon is a great representation of their commitment to consistency and craftsmanship. Whether you’re a seasoned bourbon drinker or just starting to explore the world of whiskey, Four Roses is definitely worth a taste. So sit back, pour yourself a glass, and let’s dive into the world of Four Roses.

About Four Roses Bourbon

Four Roses is a brand that has been around for over 130 years, and their bourbon is crafted with care and precision that can only come from that kind of experience. Their bourbon is made with a mash bill of 75% corn, 20% rye, and 5% malted barley, and is aged in new, charred oak barrels. They use two different mash bills and five different yeast strains to create ten unique bourbons, which are then blended together to create their signature flavor profile.

COLOR

When you pour Four Roses into a glass, the first thing you’ll notice is its beautiful amber color. It’s a deep, rich shade that catches the light just right and invites you to take a sip.

SMELL
The aroma of Four Roses is one of its most inviting features. When you bring the glass to your nose, you’ll be greeted with notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak. It’s a warm, comforting scent that makes you want to savor every moment of the experience.

Flavor

When you take your first sip of Four Roses you are hit with some amazing tasting notes. Right away, you’ll notice a sweet, almost fruity flavor with a hint of spice. It’s a complex flavor that evolves as you sip, revealing notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and even a subtle hint of chocolate. There’s a smoothness to the flavor that comes from the careful aging process, and it lingers on the palate long after you’ve taken your last sip.

Finish 

The finish of Four Roses Bourbon is one of its most distinctive features. It’s a long, smooth finish that leaves a warm sensation in your chest. The flavors continue to evolve as you savor the finish, with a subtle hint of smoke and a touch of sweetness that rounds everything out perfectly.

“It’s a long, smooth finish that leaves a warm sensation in your chest.”

Value

At around $30 per bottle, Four Roses is a great value for the quality of the experience you get. It’s a bourbon that can stand up to bourbons that are twice the price, and it’s a great choice for anyone looking for a high-quality bourbon without higher end price tag.

What Makes Four Roses Bourbon Unique

What sets Four Roses Bourbon apart from other bourbons is the care and attention that goes into its creation. The use of two mash bills and five different yeast strains allows for a range of flavors that is unmatched by other bourbons. Additionally, the blending process ensures that each bottle of Four Roses Bourbon has a consistent flavor profile, making it a reliable choice for anyone who wants to enjoy a delicious bourbon experience.

After experiencing Four Roses , I can confidently say that it is a solid and reliable bourbon, perfect for those who are just getting into the world of bourbon. Four Roses has maintained consistency in both its flavor profile and price over the years, making it a good bargain-focused option for those on a budget. While it may not offer the same level of excitement as some of the higher proofed bourbons in Four Roses’ lineup, it is still approachable and versatile enough to be sipped neat, on the rocks, or used in a cocktail.

Four Roses is a common bourbon found at bars and events, and for good reason. It won’t offend you, but it also won’t necessarily blow you away with its complexity. However, that is exactly what it’s meant to be – a ho-hum bourbon that’s easy to drink and doesn’t require much thought. With so many new bourbons on the market, it’s refreshing to revisit this classic bourbon from time to time.

Similar Whiskey To Try

Evan Williams Green Label

Evan Williams Green label is a popular and affordable bourbon known for its strong and spicy flavor profile. With notes of oak and caramel, it offers a complex taste that sets it apart from other bourbons in its price range. When compared to Four Roses Bourbon, which has a smoother and sweeter taste, Evan Williams may be preferred by those who enjoy a bolder and more flavorful bourbon at a more affordable price point.

Buffalo Trace

Four Roses Bourbon vs Buffalo Trace, is a regular decision I have to make when I’m buying my “every day” bourbon. Both are both popular whiskeys, but they have noticeable differences. Four Roses maintains that soft, smooth, and approachable taste, with floral and fruity notes while Buffalo Trace is further along the scale of a richer and spicier flavor profile that is ideal for those who enjoy a more full-bodied taste. Both whiskeys will serve you well for your sipping and mixing needs on a budget.

Conclusion & Final Thoughts

In summary, Four Roses Bourbon is a solid option for those who are just starting to explore the world of bourbon, or for those who are looking for an approachable and versatile bourbon at a budget-friendly price point. It may not be the most exciting or complex bourbon out there, but it certainly serves its purpose well.

FAQ’s

How is Four Roses Bourbon made?

Four Roses Bourbon is made using a process that involves combining two different mash bills with five different yeast strains, resulting in ten unique recipes. These recipes are then aged in new, charred oak barrels for a minimum of five years before being blended to create the final product.

What are the different types of Four Roses Bourbon?

our Roses Bourbon offers several different varieties, including Four Roses Bourbon Yellow Label, Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon, and Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon. Each variety offers a unique taste and flavor profile, ranging from smooth and sweet to bold and spicy.

How should Four Roses Bourbon be served?

Four Roses Bourbon can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in a variety of cocktails. To truly appreciate its unique taste and flavor profile, it is recommended that it be served neat or with a small amount of water to help bring out its complex aromas and flavors. When used in cocktails, it pairs well with other ingredients that complement its sweet and spicy notes, such as ginger beer or bitters.

What is the unique history behind the name "Four Roses"?

Four Roses Bourbon was originally named by its founder, Paul Jones Jr., who had fallen in love with a Southern belle. To woo her, he asked her to marry him, and she replied that if her answer was “yes,” she would wear a corsage of roses to an upcoming ball. When she arrived at the ball wearing a corsage of four red roses, Jones knew that his proposal had been accepted. In honor of this special moment, he named his bourbon “Four Roses.” Today, the four roses continue to be a symbol of the brand and are prominently featured on the label of every bottle.