Four Roses has launched its 2017 Small Batch Limited Edition Bourbon in the UK.

The newcomer has been crafted by master distiller Brent Elliot, and just 3,000 hand-numbered bottles will be available across Europe. The drink will be distributed by UK-based Spirit Cartel.

Four Roses Small Batch has recently secured listings in all Marks & Spencer stores. Meanwhile, to support the launch, Spirit Cartel is taking Brent Elliot on a tasting tour of London and North-West retail and on-trade outlets.

Four Roses claims to be the only distillery that can combine five proprietary yeast strains with two separate mashbills to produce ten distinct bourbon recipes. This Small Batch Limited Edition features three of those bourbons (a 13 and a 15 year-old from the distillery’s ‘OESK’ recipe, plus a 12 year-old from its ‘OESV’ recipe) and marks the first Limited Edition Small Batch in the brand’s history to feature only its low rye mash bill (20% Rye).

The bourbon is bottled at barrel strength (53.9% abv) and it is described as being “remarkably balanced”. Warm aromas of allspice and vanilla bean mingle with rich apricot and stewed fruits, according to the producer. “Bright raspberry flavours greet the palate, then give way to hints of decadent, sweet maraschino cherry and light oak. The finish is long, with notes of rich brown sugar and hints of cinnamon”.

Elliot said: “The magic happened early on with this bourbon. After only the third test blend, I knew we had hit the target and then some. In subsequent blind samplings this one always stood out – there’s a remarkable synergy among the three batches. Once combined, it resulted in more depth, richness and warmth than in any one of the individual recipes.

The bourbon retails at £130 for 70cl.