We are very excited to announce that our 2016 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon will be on shelves later this month. This is the newest release in our series of special bottlings, featuring three of our distillery’s ten unique Bourbon recipes.
I selected a 12-year-old Bourbon from Four Roses’ OESO recipe, a 12-year-old OBSV and a 16-year-old OESK, for this year’s Limited Edition Small Batch. It is the first time in more than seven years that the OESO recipe has appeared in a Limited Edition Small Batch.
When I tasted the sample from that OESO barrel, I knew I wanted it to anchor this Limited Edition Bourbon. We were able to highlight that recipe’s exceptional fruitiness and balance it out with more age and spice from the OBSV and OESK recipes.
Bottled at barrel strength with a proof of 111.2, the remarkably balanced 2016 Limited Edition Small Batch introduces bright notes of sweet cherry and crisp green apples, mingled with rich apricot and structured rye aromas. Tart citrus flavors greet the palate, then give way to hints of sweet molasses, peppery spices and decadent crème brulee. The finish is long and gentle, with delicate honey and light mint.
Over the years, being a part of selecting the Limited Edition releases has always been one of my favorite tasks. It’s fun working to create something unique each and every time.