Rose Julep Lexington Cocktail Competition

Seven Lexington-area bartenders competed at the 5th annual Rose Julep Lexington Cocktail Competition in hopes of receiving top honors, and bragging rights, for handcrafting their unique version of the classic mint julep—which traditionally includes crushed ice, mellow Bourbon, simple syrup and fresh mint.
The contest was held on April 18 at Goodfellas Distillery in the Distillery District of Lexington, Ky.

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Kentucky Bourbon Rises Again

We asked our friend and journalist, Carla Carlton, to be a guest blogger for April Straight Up. Carla used this opportunity to discuss the record-breaking bourbon production over the past couple of years and how we’re now living in the “new” Bourbon renaissance.
If you’d like to read more from Carla, and we recommend you do, check out some of her other work on her website, TheBourbonBabe.com.

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Let’s Mingle at the Kentucky Derby Festival

And they’re off! Kentucky Derby season is officially underway and we are less than one month away from the 143rd renewal of The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports in Louisville, Ky.
Nothing goes with the Kentucky Derby quite like Kentucky Bourbon. If you’re a Kentuckian, you’ll have a few opportunities to mingle with us over the next month. Check out our schedule below.

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Bartender Feature: The Silver Dollar’s Mark Corley

Meet Mark Corley, a bartender at The Silver Dollar – located in Louisville’s Clifton neighborhood and known for its extensive Kentucky Bourbon selection and made-from-scratch Southern food.
Mark may sound familiar as he was awarded “Judges’ Choice” with his Wild Wilda Mint Julep in the 14th annual Four Roses Bourbon Rose Julep Cocktail Competition.
We spent the afternoon with Mark, over Bourbon, to learn a little bit more about his job.

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Four Roses Distillery Expansion Update

We have made a lot of progress since we last updated you on the major expansion project of the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg and on the Warehouse & Bottling Facility in Cox’s Creek.
We sat down with Chief Operating Officer Ryan Ashley, who was recently recognized with an Icons of Whisky Award for his role as director of Distillery operations, to provide you with the inside scoop on the Distillery expansion project.

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Celebrating Al Young’s 50th Anniversary with Limited Edition Four Roses Bourbon

We are so excited to celebrate Senior Brand Ambassador and Bourbon legend Al Young’s 50th Anniversary with the brand this year. We will be commemorating this milestone with Bourbon, of course – a special 2017 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon will be released in his honor this June.
Al Young has served in a variety of roles at Four Roses for the past 50 years.

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Brent’s Pick: Amy’s Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is one of my favorite cocktail recipes because it has a rich history, much like the Four Roses brand.
The classic Old Fashioned originated in the 1800s in Louisville, Ky., not too far from the Four Roses Distillery. A bartender at Louisville’s historic Pendennis Club created the concoction, and it became the first mixed drink to be called a cocktail.
Over the years, my wife Amy has perfected her Old Fashioned recipe, and it’s my favorite.

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2016 Limited Edition Small Batch named America’s Best Kentucky Bourbon

I am excited to share with you that Four Roses received top accolades during Whisky Magazine’s World Whiskies Awards ceremony, held on Tuesday, February 28 in New York City.
Our 2016 Limited Edition Small Batch was named America’s Best Kentucky Bourbon. This limited-edition bottling featured a 12-year-old Bourbon from the OESO recipe, a 12-year-old OBSV and a 16-year-old OESK.
When I first tasted a sample from the OESO recipe that anchored this Bourbon, I knew we had something special.

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Rose Julep Louisville Cocktail Competition

Eight Louisville-area bartenders competed at the 14th annual Four Roses Bourbon Rose Julep Cocktail Competition in hopes of receiving top honors, and bragging rights, for handcrafting the best unique twist on the classic mint julep—which traditionally includes crushed ice, mellow Bourbon, simple syrup and fresh mint, all muddled together in a silver cup.

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