It began when Paul Jones, Jr., the founder of Four Roses Bourbon, became smitten by the beauty of a Southern belle. It is said that he sent a proposal to her, and she replied that if her answer were “Yes,” she would wear a corsage of roses on her gown to the upcoming grand ball. Paul Jones waited for her answer excitedly on that night of the grand ball…when she arrived in her beautiful gown, she wore a corsage of four red roses. He later named his Bourbon “Four Roses” as a symbol of his devout passion for the lovely belle, a passion he thereafter transferred to making his beloved Four Roses Bourbon.
In 1884, Paul Jones Jr, moved his thriving business to Louisville, Kentucky, where he opened an office in a section of historic Main Street called, “Whiskey Row”. Four years later, he trademarked the name Four Roses, claiming production and sales back to the 1860s. In 1922, the Paul Jones Company purchased the Frankfort Distilling Company.
In 1943, Seagram purchased the Frankfort Distilling Co. primarily to acquire the most noted and recognized name in the business at that time – Four Roses’ Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Even though Four Roses was the top selling Bourbon in the U.S. in the 30s, 40s and 50s, Seagram made the decision to discontinue the sale of Four Roses’ Kentucky Straight Bourbon in the United States, and Four Roses was moved to the rapidly growing European and Asian markets where it quickly became and still is a top-selling Bourbon in both Europe and Japan today.
In 1966, a young man named 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 Jim asked to return home to Kentucky to help with the Four Roses brand. In 1995, he replaced Ova Haney as the Master Distiller. For the next several years, Jim worked tirelessly to return the Four Roses brand back to the States – a dream that would become a reality in hands of a new owner.
In February 2002, the Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd. purchased the Four Roses Bourbon brand trademark and production facilities. The new acquisition was named the Four Roses Distillery LLC. Shortly thereafter, Four Roses was once again sold in the United States and quickly earned the reputation of being one of the most notable names in the Bourbon world.
In August 2015, Jim Rutledge retired as Master Distiller and Brent Elliott, who had worked alongside Jim for 10 years, became the company’s new Master Distiller.
The people who work at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY and at our warehouse facility in Cox’s Creek, KY continue the legacy that began with Paul Jones in 1888. Their passion for quality and pride in handcrafting an award winning Bourbon is evident in the smooth, mellow taste that has become the signature of the Four Roses Brand.WEBSITE
Four Roses Bourbon
Mix up your favorite cocktail with a sophisticated, contemporary flair with this worldwide favorite.
Enjoy this smooth and mellow Bourbon with its long and soft finish.
Savor its unique aromas and flavors in your favorite Bourbon cocktail, on the rocks, or with a splash. 80 proof.
Nose: Fruit, floral essences, gentle spice and honey.
Palate: Crisp, soft and smooth, fresh fruit, hints of pear and apple.
Finish: Mellow, long and pleasant.
Four Roses Small Batch
If you’ve ever wanted proof that mingling Bourbons is an art unto itself, you’ll find it in this perfectly balanced, Small Batch Bourbon.
Four original Bourbon recipes have been expertly selected by our Master Distiller at the peak of maturation to create this very mellow and perfectly balanced Bourbon.
You can enjoy it best straight up, on the rocks, or simply with a splash of your favorite mixer.
90 proof. 45% alcohol/volume.
Nose: Mellow spice, rich fruit, hints of sweet oak and caramel.
Palate: Mellow, ripened red berries, dried spice, well-balanced, rich.
Finish: Soft, smooth and pleasantly long.
Four Roses Single Barrel
You’ll want to savor the taste of this premium Single Barrel again and again.
It’s complex, full-bodied and surprisingly smooth with a delicate, long finish that’s unbelievably mellow.
Drink straight up or on the rocks.
100 proof. 50% alcohol/volume.
Nose: Dried spice, pear, cocoa, vanilla and maple syrup.
Palate: Hints of ripe plum and cherries, robust, full body, mellow.
Finish: Smooth and delicately long.
Four Roses Small Batch Select
Master Distiller Brent Elliott selected and mingled six of Four Roses’ 10 Bourbon recipes, each aged a minimum of 6 years, to handcraft Small Batch Select.
Non-chill filtered and 104 proof, our newest permanent product-line extension offers truly unique flavor characteristics.
In 2019, Small Batch Select launched in Kentucky, New York, California, Texas and Georgia, and is now available in more than 30 states across the country.
104 proof. 52% alcohol/volume.
Nose: Raspberries, clove, and nutmeg.
Palate: Apricot, berries, vanilla and light oak.
Finish: Lingering spearmint, light touch of cinnamon.