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Event Notice: Four Roses Tasting @ Mac McGee

From our friends at Mac McGee:

Please join us on September 9th as we have the opportunity to host a Four Roses tasting with Ambassador Randall Roberts! This exciting event will begin at 7:30 where your taste buds will be thrilled with the introduction of the Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2011. Ambassador Randall Roberts will also present to us to the Four Roses 2012 Small Batch Limited Edition and the 2013 Small Batch Limited Edition, which was created to celebrate their 125th Anniversary. This release has been described, by Four Roses Master Distiller, as “what could be the best Bourbon we’ve ever put in a bottle”! We look forward to spending this delicious, flavor filled, evening with you!

September 9th at 7:30pm
$38 per person

Mac McGees
111 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-8055

Please RSVP by email: carolinfshr@yahoo.com

Five napkins, four roses, three bourbons, two guys, and one master distiller

On Wednesday, March 14th I was invited to a private lunch at Five Napkin Burger in Midtown Atlanta with Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller for Four Roses. How can a fellow say no to an offer like that? Five Napkin Burger (FNB) is a high end burger joint whose namesake burger is 10 ounces of ground chuck topped with Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions and rosemary aioli. I frequently enjoy bourbon with my burgers and their burger sounded right up my alley. I was not disappointed.

I got to bring along a copilot for this venture and my buddy Sam decided to take one for the team and do burgers and bourbon for lunch with me. We showed up a couple of minutes early and the folks at FNB quickly put Old Fashioneds made with Four Roses Yellow Label in our hands. That is always a good way to start lunch. Their bartender does a great job with an Old Fashioned and even their classic take is a cut above most of what I’ve had around Atlanta. [Side note: I respect the reinvention of classic cocktails by great mixologists but before you start riffing on a classic first learn to make the classic.] While we were sipping and socializing we got to talk to folks from FNB, Four Roses, and the man himself. Mr. Rutledge seems quietly amused by the near rock star status master distillers elicit today. He was just as happy to answer our super geek questions as he was to answer the basic questions of the rest of the group. I don’t want to imply that I was a standing member of the whiskirati among the uninformed. It wasn’t like that at all. Most of the folks there were foodies, food bloggers, and food writer. Sam and I were the whiskey nuts.

After the meet and greet we sat down to a nice meal. We started off with a wide array of appetizers including my favorites, the bourbon glazed wings and potato croquettes. The burgers were as good as advertised and the pecan pie was more of a supersized pecan tart but also great. I would recommend giving FNB a try. Along with the meal we tasted Four Roses Yellow Label, Four Roses Small Batch, and Four Roses Single Barrel. I’ve had them all before and they were all still as great. We also got a sneak peak at the 2012 Limited Edition Single Barrel. It is a 12 Year Old OESK and it was fantastic. It is supposed to be hitting shelves in April. I’ll hopefully get a hold of a review sample before then and do a formal write up for you.

The food and drinks were great but the real draw for me was Mr. Rutledge himself. He’s a very approachable and infinitely knowledgeable man. We talked about topics from the marketing history of Four Roses to the reintroduction to the American market. I found the history of their ten recipes the most intriguing. Originally, when Seagrams owned the Four Roses brand back in the early part of the 20th century they had one yeast strain and two mash bills spread across five different distilleries. As they continued consolidating the distilleries they chose yeast strains that imparted the same or similar flavor characteristics as the different water sources at the different distilleries. That’s how Four Roses ended up with one distillery making ten different bourbons. That kind of history lesson may not be something the average drinker cares about but I find it very interesting and it’s just a small example of the knowledge available if you’re fortunate enough to talk to one of America’s master distillers.

I would like to thank Five Napkin Burger for the invitation and Four Roses for the chance to talk with Mr. Rutledge. Both the burgers and bourbon are great and I fully recommend both.

Drink wisely my friends,


Event Notice: Lunch with Jim Rutledge

Listen up all you bourbon drinkers, junkies, and geeks! What are you doing for lunch next Wednesday, March 14th at 1PM? You could be having lunch with Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller for Four Roses. Yes, the man behind the 10 recipes of fantastic Four Roses Bourbon will be at a private lunch event hosted by 5 Napkin Burger here in Atlanta. We will dine on a menu provided by 5 Napkin Burger and drink Four Roses Bourbons. Mr. Rutledge is also bringing along an advance taste of the 2012 Limited Edition Single Barrel well before release to the general public. This is a private event with plenty of opportunity for questions and general discussion with Mr. Rutledge. The folks behind 5 Napkin Burger were kind enough to not only invite me but also offer up an additional couple of spots to a Whisk(e)y Apostle reader.

If you would like to go then all you have to do is tell me why you want to attend. You can email me, post a comment to this entry, or respond on Twitter @WhiskeyApostle. I’ll choose the best response next Monday and see you and a guest at the lunch on Wednesday. It’s that simple. So let me hear why you want to go!

Drink wisely my friends,


Four Roses 2011 Limited Edition Small Batch

Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2011 Release Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
55.6% ABV/111.2 Proof
$70 to $80

What the Distillery Says:
Four Roses Distillery is adding to its collection of limited edition small batch bourbon expressions this September which mingles four recipes – aged between 11 and 13 years – of the distillery’s 10 unique recipes.

The release of the Four Roses 2011 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon will coincide with September’s Kentucky Bourbon Heritage Month and will be officially introduced at the 2011 Kentucky Bourbon Festival. It will include four recipes hand-selected by Master Distiller Jim Rutledge. The bourbon utilizes Four Roses’ recipes coded OBSK and OESQ, both aged 13 years, as well as recipes OESV aged 12 years and OESK aged 11 years.

The 2011 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon presents aromas of honeysuckle, toasted oak, almond toffee, and spicy hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, with subtle fruit flavors of dried apricot, ripe plum, plus brown sugar, honey and dark chocolate covered cherries.

“This year’s limited small batch release is a classically refined bourbon that really showcases our ability to utilize the distillery’s 10 distinct recipes,” said Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge. “The combination of spicy, fruity and floral flavors make this a rich, mellow offering perfect for any occasion.”

The distillery will produce approximately 3,500 bottles of the barrel strength, non-chill filtered bourbon to markets where
Four Roses is currently available in the U.S.

Four Roses’ limited edition bourbon offerings have historically sold out quickly and been highly acclaimed by spirits critics. Last year’s 2010 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon was rated third by Paul Pacult amongst the top 140 Five-Star Rated Spirits of the world in his renowned liquor industry publication The Spirit Journal.

What Richard Says:
Nose: Wow! The nose on this is amazing. It’s rich and candy-like with notes of honey, caramel, vanilla, wildflowers, and cherries.
Palate: There’s a smack of spicy rye on the palate. Water opens up notes of stone fruit, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and chocolate.
Finish: Oak stands out on the finish. Even with a healthy dose of water the oak still stands strong. As it lingers, the finish develops a little nutty sweetness.
Comments: This is easily one of the top five annual releases I look forward to every year. It’s interesting to see this limited edition series develop from it’s Mariage origins to the mingling of four different recipes this year. The nose on this is just shy of heavenly. It doesn’t quite stand up to the 2008 Mariage, which for me is the standard bearer for this series but that’s only due to a little too much oak on the finish and a fickle palate. This really is an exceptional bourbon. I recommend trying this one.
Rating: Must Try

I’d like to thank Laura with The Baddish Group for providing me with a review sample. I usually buy a bottle of this every year but I was having some trouble procuring one this year. Maybe I should stop tell all of you how good this stuff is. 😉

Four Roses Dinner

Mac McGee Irish Pub is hosting a Four Roses whiskey dinner to celebrate Four Roses being named 2011 Distillery of the Year by Whisky Magazine. The dinner is $45 per person and includes:

First Course:
Four Roses Yellow Label
Pork Rillet, Local Apple Compote, Toast

Second Course:
Four Roses Small Batch
Smoked Duck Breast, Butterhead Lettuce, Red Fruit Vinaigrette, Cana de Cabra, Duck Rinds

Third Course:
Four Roses Single Barrel
Seared Steak, Root Vegetable Gratin, Long Beans, Cherry Mole

Fourth Course:
Four Roses 2011 Limited Edition Single Barrel
Rose Hipped Old Fashion Sorbet

The dinner will be at 7:30PM on Tuesday, August 30th. Call Mac McGee for reservations.

Mac McGee Irish Pub
111 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030

Drink wisely my friends,