Two Kentucky distilleries have announced plans to release special bourbons.
Four Roses in Lawrenceburg this fall will release its second special-edition barrel-strength bourbon to mark 125 years of distilling.
The 2013 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon is a blend of three of Four Roses' recipes: an 18-year-old and two 13-year-olds. According to Four Roses, the bourbon has aromas of creamy vanilla, light oak and cherry cordial, with a palate of raspberries and apricots and a long vanilla bean finish. About 8,000 bottles will be available in U.S. markets in September and will retail for $85 to $100.
Buffalo Trace in Frankfort is releasing the 10th round of bourbons from the distillery's Single Oak Project, a research project using 96 trees made into 192 barrels. The series will release bourbons from a different set of barrels every three months. The 10th batch — very limited quantities, only one bottle from each dozen barrels per case — will hit stores this month, priced about $46.
According to Buffalo Trace, consumer reviews of the previous releases dating back to 2011, voted online at Singleoakproject.com, have put barrel No. 59 in the lead. After all the bourbons have been released in 2015, Buffalo Trace will re-create the winner for a new release to be called Single Oak.