Exciting time today on our Four Roses Bourbon Adventure that we bought at this years Bourbon & Bowties- A Taste of Corbetts charity auction benefiting the Children's Hospital Foundation.
As a part of our Four Roses experience, we were in the very capable hands of Mint Julep Tours for the day. We began the day with a hearty breakfast at Verbena Cafe in Norton Commons. Excellent idea considering that our first stop was at Four Roses Cox's Creek bottling and aging facility to immediately begin our tasting. There we sampled all TEN Four Roses exclusive formulas directly from their respective barrels under the guidance of Master Distiller Jim Rutledge. We selected barrel formula number 6 which had been aging over 11 years with a nice smooth full bodied long finish. In December we will receive our bottles with our individual custom label at full barrel strength which came in around 121 proof. We bought the entire barrel so we should end up over 200 bottles. I also tried my hand a bottling. Better keep my day job.
Lunch was at the hidden gem, Circa in Bardstown. Jim joined us there to continue our Four Roses history and bourbon education. Amazing to have Master Distiller Jim Rutledge who has been at Four Roses for over 40 years. The man who actually made the history describing it to us. His pride and passion for what he does in contagious. It's not at all the same Four Roses that some of us remember from many years ago. Jim successfully fought for years to bring it back and all it's glory. Mission accomplished!!!
The theme of the day was learning and experiencing everything Four Roses, so we spent the afternoon visiting the Lawrenceburg Distillery to see the process from beginning. We started from where the water enters the plant from the Salt River and finished at the shipping docks with a final visit to their new Visitor Center. Along the way we also tasted the Japanese specific Bourbon along with a 17 year domestic bourbon that is part of the latest small batch. A great way to end a day of everything Four Roses.
Thank you Four Roses and Mint Julep Tours for making it a day that we will long remember.
If you'd like to learn more about Jim and Four Roses I found the following to be very interesting.