John Hansell began rolling out his 19th Annual Whisky Advocate Awards this week – the complete list will appear in the magazine’s spring issue – and today, Four Roses’ 2012 Limited Edition Small Batch was honored as American Whiskey of the Year.
“This, to me, is benchmark Four Roses: subtly complex, vibrant, yet fully matured, with well-defined flavors of bramble, dry citrus, soft creamy vanilla, caramel, marzipan, allspice, a hint of cinnamon, and subtle cedar-aged cigar tobacco. It’s soft and clean, with a polished oak finish,” Hansell writes in his blog. “It’s also a very versatile bourbon and should accommodate most situations and moods. Like I said in my original review of this whiskey: your decision shouldn’t be whether to buy it, but rather how much water to add.”
Congratulations to Four Roses and master distiller Jim Rutledge! Read my review of the 2012 Limited Edition Small Batch here.