This is the first of a new column on A Muddled Thought, to be known as the Brown Spirit Highlight.
The goal of this column will be to highlight a particular bourbon or scotch aka the brown spirits that go above and beyond quality and flavor in their execution.
The honor of the first brown spirit highlight goes to Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon.
The secret to the products within the Four Roses family is a combination of several different mashbill recipes in conjunction with 5 proprietary yeast recipes to create any one of ten final recipes.
One of the end results of this process is their Small Batch. Their small batch is made by combining two of these mash bill recipes with two yeast recipes: “One known as the O yeast for notes of fruit and the other “K” yeast for a spicy flavor. This creates a flavor profile that’s made up of mild notes of coffee, cocoa and hints of vanilla. Adding a splash of water the profile expands to include notes of caramel, nuttiness and some mild spice as it hits your tongue.
Four Roses Small Batch retails for $27.99.