087 – From Never Owning a Bottle to Being The Master Distiller at Four Roses with Brent Elliott

Brent Elliott, Master Distiller at Four Roses, talks about how he never owned a bottle of Four Roses until he interviewed and how the conversation went when he was tapped to be the new Master Distiller.

Show Notes:

  • Talk about growing up in Owensboro, your history and education
  • What made you want to get into bourbon?
  • Were you a Four Roses bourbon fan when you applied to work here?
  • Was Four Roses the first place you looked at working?
  • How long have you been working at Four Roses?
  • Talk a little bit about working with Jim Rutledge under his tutelage.
  • So talk about that phone call, when it’s usually depicted in the movies as being called up to the CEOs office on the 33rd floor to get that big promotion
  • Why is there not a rye whiskey offered by Four Roses?
  • What about the rage of barrel finishes or cinnamon whiskey?
  • From Kevin Ragland on Facebook – How was the process for selecting 2016 LE went since it was the first time you would have done it without Jim.
  • Why did you come out and call it Elliott’s Select instead of just the normal 2016 Limited Edition Single Barrel?
  • From Travis Roberts on Facebook – Will FR continue their barrel selections in the future and if so, will they eventually be able to offer barrels aged 10+ years again to consumers?
  • Talk about life outside of bourbon

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