Four Roses Yellow Label Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
**Top 50 Spirits 2013 & Best Buy** Consider this blended Bourbon for dessert pairings or a fruit-spiked Old Fashioned. Look for caramel and dried-cherry aromas and a flavor akin to dark chocolate-covered cherries. The long, mouthwatering finish is dark and decadent, evoking chocolate, espresso, Port, leather, nutmeg and clove.
The nose is standard Bourbon: corn, vanilla, with notes of mint and oak dryness. On the palate, there's more corn, vanilla and a bit of cocoa; the mint is more pronounced. The finish shows off the oak. Simple, straightforward, unpretentious.
**World Whisky Award Winner: Best Bourbon 7 Years and Under (2010)** **Malt Advocate Distillery of the Year Award (2008)** Located in Lawrenceburg, this storied distillery has a long history dating back to 1818. It is run by Jim Rutledge, one of the best distillers working in the business today. They are a very unique distillery because they make ten different Bourbon formulas--two different mash bills with five different strains of yeast--and are known for their more mellow and delicate style of Bourbon. Yellow Label is the only one of their whiskies to feature a blend of all ten formulas. It is an outstanding example of elegance and restraint even with the toasty barrel influence. This is a favorite American Bourbon choice among bartenders the world over because it mixes so well and adds a sophisticated flare to any drink. Try Master Distiller Jim Rutledge's 'Perfect Manhattan': "3 parts Four Roses Yellow Label, 1 part dry Vermouth, 1 part sweet Vermouth. Shake ingredients over ice. Pour into chilled Martini glass. Serve with twist of lemon or orange (lemon is the traditional garnish, however, orange treats the flavors of the Bourbon more gently.) It's not too sweet. Just right with a little bit of citrus that works perfectly with the mellow flavors of Four Roses Yellow Label. This drink is something that adds a mellow touch to just about any social occasion. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits buyer)