Four Roses earns ‘World’s Best Bourbon’ title

February 13, 2019

130th Anniversary 2018 Limited Edition Small Batch wins Top Bourbon Honor at World Whiskies Awards


LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. – Four Roses 130th Anniversary 2018 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon, released last September, has been named World’s Best Bourbon in the 2019 World Whiskies Awards.

“The competition for the World Whiskies Awards is strong, so it’s a tremendous honor for our 130th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch to be recognized by the judging panel as the World’s Best Bourbon,” said Brent Elliott, Four Roses Master Distiller. “I wanted to create something special to celebrate 130 years of handcrafting premium Bourbon and I could not be happier with this bottling.”

In handcrafting a limited edition bottling, Elliott creates numerous test batches from select barrels, in an effort to mingle the best offering. Four of Four Roses’ 10 unique Bourbon recipes were included in the 130th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch. This bottling featured a 10-year-old Bourbon from the OBSV recipe, a 13-year-old OBSF, 14-year-old OESV and 16-year-old OESK.

“From the beginning of the process for this Limited Edition, I focused on building around the unique fruit flavors in our F and V yeast strains, and these flavors shine through in the finished product. As a contrast, I also included a spicy, older batch. By mingling these different flavor profiles, I think we achieved a wonderfully balanced, complex and unique Bourbon,” Elliott said.

The honor was announced during the Whisky Magazine Awards New York program on January 30.

The World Whiskies Awards judging panel includes leading international spirits journalists and industry experts. Judges first selected Four Roses 130th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch as Best Kentucky Bourbon and it went on to be named World’s Best Bourbon, with scores topping bourbons made outside Kentucky as well.

Four Roses Single Barrel and Four Roses Small Batch also were recognized as part of the awards, both earning Gold honors from judges.

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About Four Roses Distillery

Established in 1888, Four Roses is the only Bourbon distillery that combines two mashbills with five proprietary yeast strains to distill and age 10 distinct Bourbon recipes, each with its own unique flavor profile. With distilling and warehousing operations in Lawrenceburg and Cox’s Creek, Kentucky, respectively, Four Roses is dedicated to producing award-winning Bourbons with smooth and mellow tastes and finishes. Four Roses is available in all 50 states. For more information, visit or “Like” us at


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