Four Roses

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Published: 09/06/2011

Four Roses Bourbon is produced at a historic Spanish mission-style distillery in Lawrenceburg, Ky.

Four Roses production dates to the 1860s and grew to become the top-selling bourbon in the U.S. throughout the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. In the late ’50s, then-owner Seagram decided to market the brand solely overseas. Four Roses currently is the top-selling bourbon brand in Japan and among the leading brands throughout western Europe.

Kirin Brewery bought Four Roses in 2002 and, at master distiller Jim Rutledge’s urging, reintroduced it to America, starting in Kentucky.