Four Roses 2009 Mariage Collection Bourbon announced
I just received information (and a sample!) of this year’s Four Roses Mariage Collection. It combines two recipes into one whiskey.
The first recipe combines a 19 year old bourbon and a 10 year old bourbon (recipe code “OBSK”). The second recipe is a 10 year old bourbon (code “OESO”).
I know what you’re thinking. Those codes don’t do anything for you without a cheat sheet. Well, guess what? Master Distiller Jim Rutledge guest blogged HERE back in March and he revealed all. The first two letters indicates which one of their two mash bills are used (and the rye content). The last letter describes which of their five yeast strains were used. Have a look.
I haven’t tasted it yet, but I don’t think it will be too long before I do. I’ll post up my thoughts at that time.
The bourbon will be bottled at barrel strength (114-118 proof), and there will be approximately 3,500 bottles released worldwide. The official release date will be in September around the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. (The press release I received did not mention a price.)