Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg announced Friday that the 2015 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon will be released as a tribute to retiring master distiller Jim Rutledge.
Rutledge announced in July that he will retire Sept. 1 after almost 50 years in the business. Operations director Brent Elliot will succeed him as master distiller at the unique distillery, which uses two mashbills and five yeast strains to produce myriad flavor profiles in bourbon.
Only 12,600 hand-numbered bottles will be produced; it will hit stores in mid-September.
Bottled at barrel strength with a proof of 108.5, the 2015 Limited Edition Small Batch mingles together aromas of ripe cherry, caramel custard and fresh magnolia, with spicy cinnamon and clove flavors, orange peel, apricot and light honey, according to the tasting notes. The finish leaves lingering hints of creamy vanilla and fresh spearmint.
"This bourbon is a great tribute to Jim Rutledge, whom I've had the privilege to work with closely over the past decade. His knowledge and passion, along with the strong team at our distillery, are responsible for the high-quality bourbon we produce every day," Elliott said in a statement. "I couldn't think of a better way to toast Jim's exceptional career."