On any given day, Frankfort Avenue’s popular restaurant & Urban Bourbon Trail stop, Bourbons Bistro has about 130 bourbons on hand. But in the midst of this plethora there’s a collection of personally-selected private label Four Roses Single Barrel bottles that they’re particularly proud of. This past Friday, our Roll Out the Barrel tour facilitated the process as the team at Bourbons Bistro selected their next barrel to be bottled. Once we arrived at the Four Roses Aging warehouse, we got some quality time with Master Distiller Jim Rutledge as he poured us samples of barrel strength, unfiltered bourbon from several barrels he chose for Bourbons Bistro to compare and gave us his analysis of the recipes and thoughts on the notes and finishes, a subject he’s clearly an expert on! It was truly incredible how each sample from the different barrels had its’ own unique and delicious character. After much deliberation, a favorite was finally chosen–a tough decision when every option is superb! The process was finalized by signing our names on the barrel and taking a walk from the tasting area to see the barrels being unloaded and dumped for bottling as well as a stroll to tour the one of the many warehouses on site…a perfect way to round out a fantastic visit.
Many thanks to Four Roses and Bourbons Bistro for a wonderful day! (Check out this video clip from our adventure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usuSEEo8Zq0&feature=youtu.be)
If this sounds like an adventure you’d be interested in experiencing, we offer our Roll Out the Barrel tour with several distilleries and truly enjoy customizing agendas designed for bourbon connoisseurs. Mint Julep Tours will host you with VIP transportation and tour guide entertainment while you travel to the distillery to taste and select your own bourbon to be bottled with customized labels. Let the good times roll and join us for a “barrel” of fun with Mint Julep Tours’ Roll out the Barrel Tour. (Click here to learn more about this tour outing: http://mintjuleptours.com/custdocs/roll%20out%20the%20barrel%20-%20general.pdf)