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Tony Sachs

Tony Sachs

Posted: October 13, 2010 08:45 AM

When the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder, when baseball gives way to football and the sweaters come out of mothballs, it can only mean one thing -- it's whiskey season again. Of course, there's nothing wrong with a snifter of Scotch or a perfect Manhattan on a sweltering July evening. But for me, autumn is whiskey weather. Time to put away the fruity pseudo-tinis and faux-jitos and get down to some serious drinking. This year, in addition to all the old favorites that have gotten us through many a previous autumn chill, there are three new whiskeys on the market that will cast a warm glow on your taste buds.

Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch
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Four Roses bourbon doesn't have a particularly fancy pedigree and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. It's a solid, no-nonsense and mighty tasty bourbon that's been around since your great-gran'pappy was knee high to a grasshopper (or 1888, in other words), and for a spell in the '30s and '40s it was the most popular bourbon in the United States. In recent years, however, as the spirits market has gravitated toward rarer and higher-end concoctions, they've gotten a little hifalutin. There are now ten different Four Roses expressions, each one aged and distilled differently.

Four Roses' new Limited Edition Small Batch is a mixture of three of those recipes, aged between 10 and 15 years and then mixed at barrel strength. On the nose, it's mellow, fragrant and almost perfumey, redolent of young wood and nutmeg -- when my wife took a sniff she said, "It smells like Christmas." On the tongue, it starts off sweet, with a nifty brown sugar vibe, before the alcohol and oak whack you upside the taste buds; the finish is long and super-dry. While the Small Batch is designed to be a sipping whiskey, I think it makes a nifty bourbon for cocktails as well.
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All three of these fine American-made whiskies will make you proud of your country. And by buying them, you'll be giving the economy a boost. Meet you at the liquor store, fellow patriots!


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