Four Roses famously makes ten bourbons, using two mash bills and five yeast strains. The Four Roses yellow label contains all ten. Bulleit contains only the five that use the high rye mash bill.
But, yes, the first thought whenever I drink Bulleit is that it is unmistakably Four Roses.
All the Four Roses products are good but I prefer the Single Barrel. It is my favorite Bourbon. It has a great taste.
Does Jim Rutledge make Bulleit out of 4Roses? I don't understand that comment.
Well tonight I had some more 4Roses yellow label all alone and liked it very much.
My company does have a job in Maysville KY. Maybe I should visit that job and visit some store as well.... anyone know a good stopping place in KY that is enroute from Knoxville?
I guess Saxton is on the border. Otherwise I will go by Lexington, Richmond,Paris.... Maysville
Jim Rutledge runs the Four Roses Distillery and the Four Roses Distillery makes Bulleit so, yes, Jim Rutledge makes Bulleit. The mixture they do for Bulleit is unique, in that it is the high rye mash bill fermented with each of the five different yeasts, but it's all the same whiskey. That's the nice thing about them making ten distinct bourbon formulas. They can create an almost unlimited range of different flavor profiles.
"Always remember, I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me." - Winston Churchill
The Yellow label is FR's entry level bourbon. It is not intended to be a "blow your head off" drink. They are shooting for the smooth and mellow market. This is a very well balanced and easy to approach bourbon for those who are desiring a laid back situation and 80 proof.
It might be better for you to try their mid to top shelf products...where they are bottling for robust and full flavored products in the 90-100proof range.
Mozilla is right.
I think the FR yellow label is real good on the rocks.
The Small Batch however is not a good pour, IMHO.
In addition to the ten options that Jim has to choose from....they also barrel the whisky at three different barrel proofs: 105-110-120.
This bumps the options to 30. Very impressive how versatile Four Roses has positioned themselves. If they could get out from under the Diageo contract....who knows what kind of line-up they could consistently produce. They could eventually be a mini Seagrams if they expanded their warehousing and bottling capabilities.
ps FR has no capacity to bottle Bulleit for Diageo. So, that means they are either shipping them tanker trucks or barrels of bourbon. Also, they are sending Diageo their worst product and keeping the best for their labels.
Last edited by mozilla; 08-11-2008 at 06:35.