Brand new Single Barrels and other steals at France 44
Whether or not we like it, fall has officially hit Minnesota. This marks the start of bourbon season here at France 44! Luckily for all of us, two brand new single barrels of Elijah Craig and Four Roses just hit our store. We’re here to tell you all about these and illuminate a few more gems to warm you up in this cold weather.
Elijah Craig 9 Year Single Barrel | 94 Proof | $27.99
Getting age statements on bourbon is getting harder and harder these days, and in the recent years Elijah Craig is no different. When we had the opportunity to purchase a whole barrel of nine year, we pounced. Many people may remember Elijah Craig twelve year of years past filled with stewed dark fruit and vanilla extract. Many said it was too oaky. At nine years, it is rounder and filled with flavors of honeyed toffee, ripe cherry, bright fruits, and light oak spice. It’s full yet light on its feet with and endless finish, a steal at 27.99.
Until recently Four Roses had shuttered their private 100 proof single barrel program, only rarely doing cask strength single barrels (which we had one of this summer that evaporated quickly). We jumped quickly at the chance of another 100 proof barrel once they started back up this fall. We adore Four Roses for its huge rye spice, clocking in at 35% rye, one of the highest on the shelf. It has light fruit of red and green apple, bright caramel, and big, herbaceous spice throughout. Perfect for a bourbon drinker that wants to dabble with rye and a rye drinker who wants to dip their feet in the bourbon pool. Perfect for an Old Fashioned or Manhattan, on the rocks or neat, that big rye and 100 proof is super versatile.
Larceny Wheated Bourbon | 92 proof | $23.99
1792 Small Batch Bourbon | 93.7 proof | $24.99
A double value bourbon special! Both these bottle swing way above their price point. Larceny is a blend of wheated bourbon from 6-12 years old. You may know it better by its ancestor Old Fitzgerald. Made in the same wheated vein of Makers Mark and W.L. Weller, there is no rye in the mash bill, but wheat is the substitute. Way less sweet than a classic makers with a dollop of caramel apple and dry cinnamon spice. 1792 is the total opposite, with 20% rye and no wheat whatsoever. It’s heavier, spicier, woodier, and darker in profile. Both are a steal and contrast well against one another in a side by side for a great value tasting!