Hey my little bourbon babies. We’re on to day 2! Four Roses bourbon is a favorite of mine (hello Small Batch!) and it was a no-brainer that this tour would be near the top of my list. And – of course – it didn’t disappoint!
Upon arrival to the hotel for my shuttle, I was greeted by the Brand Ambassador Al Young. That man – he is full of information! He joined us on the bus to the distillery which was a little bit away, while he filled us in on the history of Four Roses while passing around little bits of history (ads, certificates, etc) for us to read.
Once we arrived, we were seated together, and our group of 50 was divided into two. Master Distiller, Brent Elliott was there along the way as well. All of us toured the facilities, which rise from Spanish influence (which is kinda rad to see in the middle of rural Kentucky). A beautiful sight to be seen.
After the first part of the tour, we had filling lunch of southern food as well as a tasting of Four Roses yellow label, Single Barrel, Small Batch and Elliott’s Select – Elliott’s very first bourbon in his Master Distiller title. That’s Elliott below.
Mmm I still remember that Single Barrel. After the tasting, we entered into part 2 of our tour at Cox’s Creek – where the aging and bottling happens. Barrels and barrels for days. Isn’t it a beaut, Clark? Fun fact? They have one story rick houses here – a rare thing indeed. I neglected to take any photos as it was getting quite hot out. I was mainly focused on finding more bourbon.
Once inside, we were able to watch the bottling and packaging process, and even taste a bit of bourbon straight from the barrel. They call that cask strength. Oh so tasty – strong, but flavorful. By the way, those bottles right below were made in Japan. Another fun fact – the company is currently owned by Kirin, it’s been a great parent company to the brand – keeping the great traditions alive for many years, and many more to come I’m sure.
Not bad for just half a day, wouldn’t you say? Four Roses should definitely be on your list if you make it to Kentucky. Tomorrow I’ll take you to a little something called Anatomy Academy. Night 2. Stay tuned!