County Connection: Four Roses resurrects brand in U.S. market from Anderson County

12/16/2017 10:24 AM

LAWRENCEBURG – Anderson County is home to 2 bourbon distilleries which are featured on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Wild Turkey and Four Roses.

Four Roses, which was founded in 1888, moved to the Anderson County distillery building, which was constructed in 1910, in the late 1940’s.

Even though Four Roses was the top selling Bourbon in the U.S. in the 30s, 40s and 50s, Seagram, which purchased he brand in 1943, made the decision to discontinue the sale of Kentucky Straight Bourbon here, and Four Roses was moved to the rapidly growing European and Asian markets where it quickly became the top selling Bourbon and remains a top-selling Bourbon in both Europe and Japan today.

In 1966, Jim Rutledge, who would later become one of the world’s most legendary Master Distillers, joined Seagram in the Louisville Plant’s Research and Development Department.

In 1975, he was transferred to Corporate Headquarters in New York until 1992, when he came back to Kentucky to help with the Four Roses brand. Beginning in 1995, he worked tirelessly to return the Four Roses brand back to the United States.

In February 2002, the Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd. purchased the Four Roses brand trademark, and named the new acquisition Four Roses Distillery LLC.

Four Roses was once again sold in the United States beginning in 2004 and quickly earned a reputation as one of the finest names in the Bourbon world.

Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott says that while Four Ross still has a number of labels of bourbon that go to international markets only, three are sold in this country.

“We have our standard Four Roses Bourbon that we have in the United States, we have small Batch and Single Barrel,” Elliott said. We always have a limited release in the fall. We occasionally have a limited release in the spring.”

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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