Photo courtesy Four Roses.
Today marks both the beginning and end of an era for Four Roses. It’s Brent Elliott’s first day on the job as master distiller. He also follows Jim Rutledge, a legend in the industry who marked his retirement yesterday, August 31, 2015. Elliott served as both Quality Director and Co-Master Distiller, and has been with the company for ten years. He is the face of a new chapter for Four Roses and is no stranger to making good whiskey (read my recent interview with Elliott here
). Jim Rutledge has been in the business for 49 years. To put that in perspective, the Rolling Stones had only been around for a couple of years when Rutledge started his career. There aren’t a lot of folks who can say they’ve been in the bourbon industry for that long. He’s the reason Four Roses receives the acclaim it rightly deserves. I could write a thousand words praising Rutledge and his work, but let’s focus and get to the whiskey.