Four Roses Single Barrel is what started this adventure… and it started it off strong. The first old fashioned I had while traveling was made with Makers Mark… the second was Four Roses Single Barrel. It was so good, that I figured if I couldn’t make an Old Fashioned with it – then I knew it was my inability and not the bourbon that was to blame.
There was some interesting history behind Four Roses as a company… in fact, it’s one of the oldest bourbons in the United States. It’s absence was due to being bought by Seagram’s and heading into WWII, pulled from the shelves in the United States to accommodate the demand and growth in Europe and Asia (interesting considering the timing and participants in WWII… maybe they really WERE still on the shelves in the U.S. – only being offered retail a little closer to where the U.S. service members were?)
From 1943 to 2002, Four Roses Bourbon was absent from the shelves of liquor stores in the United States. Lucky for me, the bourbon made it back to the U.S. just a few years before I could buy it legally and in plenty of time to kick off my Bourbon journey – and kick it off strong! Not only did it start (and as of 2/4/2019 remains) at #1 ranked bourbon on my list, it’s a bold, yet smooth, 100 proof!