Four Roses is an interesting operation. It’s unusual California Mission architecture, wooden fermentation tanks, and single story aging warehouses all make for a unique outfit. When Segram bought the distillery in 1943, it was a popular brand within the United States. The company shifted stocks of the good stuff overseas during the bad days of Bourbon in the 1960’s-1970’s. Domestically Four Roses brand became an inferior blended whiskey not made in Kentucky. In 2002 the company changed hands to Vivendi, and then Diageo, and then again to Kirin. Kirin discontinued the blended whiskey and began focusing on only straight Kentucky Bourbon. In 2004 Four Roses launched its Single Barrel product and began to reclaim its brand in the U.S. market. A couple years later the company expanded to introduce the Four Roses Small Batch.
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