The Process of Making Bourbon | Four Roses Bourbon

The Process

Four Roses - ten kinds of bourbon
Fermenting corn mash to make Four Roses Bourbon
What is bourbon?

Four Roses. One brand. Ten recipes.

Four Roses is the only Bourbon Distillery that combines 5 proprietary yeast strains with two separate mashbills to produce 10 distinct Bourbon Recipes, each with their own unique character, spiciness, and rich fruity flavors.

All 10 of these recipes are gently aged undisturbed in new white oak barrels in our one-of-a-kind single story rack warehouses. All 10 bourbon recipes are expertly married together to create Four Roses Yellow. Four are married for Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon. Only one is hand selected for Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon.

To the thrill of Bourbon connoisseurs and Bourbon collectors, from time to time, our Master Distiller will select an exceptional single barrel, or marry a few exquisite recipes, to create one of our highly acclaimed limited release Four Roses Bourbons. No other distillery has 10 Bourbon recipes. So enjoy our Bourbon with the knowledge that you are sipping something truly unique – and uniquely Four Roses.

What is Bourbon?

Bourbon can be distilled anywhere in the United States, but it has to be made in this country alone. It just so happens that almost every bourbon is distilled in Kentucky.

Bourbon must be aged in new, charred oak barrels.

All bourbon must be distilled from at least 51% corn. Different distilleries use different recipes, some more corn, some add rye, barley, wheat and other grains, but all are required to use at least 51% corn.

When bourbon leaves the still for the last time, just before barreling, it cannot exceed 160 proof.

Bourbon needs to be no more than 125 proof when it’s put inside the barrel. If a distiller produces a higher proof out of the still they will cut it with water until it reaches 125 proof.

When bottled, all Bourbons must be at least 80 proof although many will exceed this requirement and it’s common to find Bourbon whiskies anywhere between 90-127 proof.

Unlike many other distilled spirits, bourbon cannot have any artificial colorings or additives added to it anywhere in the process. This also includes natural coloring agents like caramel, which is often used in other types of whiskey.

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