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Featured Recipe: OBSV

blog | 4/17/2020

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We’ll admit it: Four Roses’ Bourbon-making process isn’t the simplest out there. But combining two unique mashbills with five proprietary yeast strains to handcraft 10 distinct Bourbons allows us to achieve an endless range of flavor profiles unmatched in the industry. Each Bourbon recipe brings something different to the batch – and meticulously blending them to achieve the perfect bottle of Bourbon is all part of our craft.

This month, we’re highlighting OBSV. It is made from our B mashbill – a high-rye mix that yields a spicy, full-bodied taste; this combines with the V yeast strain, which adds delicate fruit, for a wonderfully balanced final product. 

OBSV is the most rounded and versatile of our recipes at all ages. The extra rye of the B mashbill creates the dominant flavor with this recipe. The bright and slightly spicy character is apparent at any age, and the delicate fruit flavors created by the V yeast strain round out the complex palate with flavors of apricot, pear and plum. As this recipe ages in the barrel, the typical caramel and vanilla flavors develop, but the rich flavor of cocoa, cinnamon, and nutmeg are especially pronounced in the OBSV recipes. Overall the OBSV recipe is rich, bright, and complex with a long and mellow finish. 


Though all 10 of our Bourbon recipes are equally loved, only the high-rye OBSV has the distinctive honor of being our award-winning Single Barrel recipe. In addition to Single Barrel, you’ll find OBSV making its voice heard in our Small Batch Select, where it complements five other recipes to achieve a deeply complex, 104-proof, non-chill-filtered Bourbon with a flavor profile unlike anything else on the market. In terms of our permanent lineup, OBSV shares the stage with the rest of our 10 recipes in the mellow, versatile Four Roses Bourbon.

It’s hard to deny the star power of OBSV when you consider its place in our permanent lineup – and our past award winning limited editions, listed here:

100th Anniversary Limited Edition Single Barrel (2010)
2011 Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon
2008 Limited Edition Small Batch Mariage Collection
2010 Limited Edition Small Batch
2012 Limited Edition Small Batch
2013 Limited Edition Small Batch
2014 Limited Edition Small Batch
2015 Limited Edition Small Batch
2016 Limited Edition Small Batch
Al Young 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch
130th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch (2018)
2019 Limited Edition Small Batch

We hope you enjoyed learning a little more about the OBSV recipe. Stay tuned for next month, when we take a deep dive into the nuances of flavor with another great recipe – OBSK. In the meantime, learn more about our unique process here

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