Episode 117 features Four Roses. Bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof and it retails for about $25.
Enjoy this episode with a pour of Four Roses however you like.
Four Roses official website: https://www.fourrosesbourbon.com/
Brief Historical Timeline:
- 1860s - Paul Jones Sr. and Paul Jones Jr. get into the whiskey business in Atlanta, Georgia
- 1883 - Paul Jones Jr. moves to Louisville, Kentucky and builds his whiskey business there.
- 1888 - The brand of Four Roses is founded with a legend of a southern belle and a corsage of four red roses.
- 1894 - Paul Jones Jr. makes his nephews Lawrence Lavelle Jones and Saunders Paul equal partners in the Paul Jones Company.
- 1895 - Paul Jones Jr. dies.
- Circa 1910 - Lawrence buys his brother Saunders out of the business
- 1922 - Lawrence buys the Frankfort Distilling Company during Prohibition and securing a rare license to sell whiskey for "Medicinal Purposes Only."
- 1941 - Lawrence dies, leaving the company to heirs would almost immediately sell it.
- 1943 - Seagrams headed by Samuel Bronfman purchases Four Roses and Frankfort Distilling Company for $42 million.
- 1950s - Seagrams converts Four Roses to a blended whiskey for the US market, reserving straight bourbon versions for export markets.
- 1990s - Master Distiller Jim Rutledge convinces Seagrams to bring the straight bourbon back to the USA, in Kentucky only.
- 2001 - Seagrams goes bankrupt and the beverage alcohol brands are sold off. Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd., Four Roses' Japanese distributor buys the brand.
- 2002 - Four Roses Straight Bourbon Whiskey is bak on US shelves.
- 2015 - Brent Elliott is named Master Distiller and a $55 million expansion of the distillery begins.
- 2019 - Distillery expansion is complete, doubling capacity to 130,000 barrels a year.
Drink Four Roses as you like, it mixes well in any cocktail calling for bourbon.
Book: Four Roses - The Return of a Whiskey Legend by Al Young, copyright 2013
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