Four Roses Single Barrel Barrel Strength Private Selection – 10 Recipe Blind Showdown

Four Roses Private Selection

Let’s start this time at the end of the story: three experienced (but now humbled) bourbon drinkers set out to blind sample all ten recipes of Four Roses using various Four Roses Single Barrel, Barrel Strength Private Selection bottles.   Could we correctly pick the recipes blind?  Not even close.

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February 2019: Booker’s Bourbon 2018 Batches

Pop quiz: What is the first bourbon to be commercially released nationwide at barrel proof? According to Jim Beam, it is Booker’s Bourbon.

Booker's Bourbon 2018

Booker’s Bourbon is a member of Jim Beam‘s Small Batch Collection, along with Knob Creek, Baker’s, and Basil Hayden’s. Its namesake, former Master Distiller Booker Noe, used to select choice barrels from the center of the rickhouse as holiday gifts for close friends. In 1988, Jim Beam decided to release the purportedly first barrel proof bourbon nationwide.

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