Bourbon Industry

For second straight year, a Four Roses bourbon is named nation's top whiskey

For the second year in a row, a bourbon made by Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg has been named American Whiskey of the Year by Whisky Advocate magazine. The 2013 Limited Edition 125th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon was rated 97 our of 100.

Whisky Advocate editor John Hansell called it "a classic" and "a mature yet very elegant whiskey ... and so easy to embrace with a splash of water."

Last year's Four Roses 2012 Limited Edition Small Batch release also was named American Whiskey of the Year.

Hansell said in a news release, "This is the second year in a row for Four Roses to receive this honor, and it's well deserved. To be honest, I didn't think Four Roses could ever improve on last year's limited-edition small-batch release — but they did."

Four Roses master distiller Jim Rutledge chose three of Four Roses' 10 unique bourbon recipes to create the new barrel-strength, small-batch blend of an 18-year-old and two 13-year-old bourbons. The finished product smells of creamy vanilla, light oak and cherry cordial, with hints of nutmeg and cocoa, with flavors of raspberries and apricots, according to Four Roses' tasting notes. Its suggested retail price is $90.