Veteran Bourbon Review: R.M. Rose Straight

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History – Distilled in Dillard GA and made with Blue Ridge Mountain Water this bourbon has a small town feel to it. It all began a long time ago in 1867 when the distillery was founded. There is a statement on this bottle that provides a brief history on this bourbon. “R.M. Rose produced all of his whiskies at the Distillery in Gilmore GA and stored it in his warehouses. When the whiskey matured, the casks were loaded onto a Western and Atlantic train car and taken to Atlanta GA to be bottled. Mr Rose owned retail stores in Atlanta GA, Jacksonville FL, and Manhattan NY. Mr Rose also had distilleries in Chattanooga TN and Newport KY”. As of right now they only have the one distillery in Dillard GA that is run by Andy Sudderth. They mainly pride themselves on moonshine but let’s dig in and see what their straight bourbon tastes and feels like!

Value – Too expensive for a 2 year bourbon. Purchase was at the distillery.

Appearance – Light Amber showing its youth.

Nose – Very light with some definite pepper, rye, pumpernickel bread and light ginger.

Palate – Corn, raisin, orange and maple syrup. This has a very thin and watery feel to it but is rather smooth as well.

Finish – Soft finish with a 5-10 burn. Cinnamon at the very end and a little bit of caramel comes out to show.

Summary – This bourbon has a long history too, reaching back to 1867 which is something not to be taken lightly. It has seen the eb and flow across the nation over the last century. It is something that will likely go great while mixing whether that’s with most bourbon drinkers favorite “The Old Fashioned” or something else. What I can say with the age of the distillery it has not kept up with the times on how to be competitive in today’s bourbon market. It is a local bourbon that the way I see it will stay local. It shows its youth throughout the tasting process and does not offer much of a bourbon connoisseur.

“What R.M. Rose offers is an expensive bottle at a inexpensive taste profile. This bourbon would be great for mixing but not sipping.

– Andrew Workman


Uniqueness – 1-10 – 3

Appearance- 1-10 – 3

Nose- 1-20 – 3

Palate- 1-20 – 4

Finish- 1-20 – 7

Value- 1-20 – 1

Reviewed By:

Andrew Workman on 10/24/2022

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