The Roses Your Man Will Love on Valentine’s Day

| February 12, 2013

four roses bourbonIt began when Paul Jones, Jr., the founder of Four Roses Bourbon, became smitten by the beauty of a Southern belle. It is said that he sent a proposal to her, and she replied that if her answer were “Yes,” she would wear a corsage of roses on her gown to the upcoming grand ball.

Paul Jones waited for her answer excitedly on that night of the grand ball, when she arrived in her beautiful gown, she wore a corsage of four red roses. He later named his Bourbon “Four Roses” as a symbol of his devout passion for the lovely belle, a passion he thereafter transferred to making his beloved Four Roses Bourbon.

In 1884, Paul Jones Jr. moved his thriving business to Louisville, Kentucky, where he opened an office in a section of historic Main Street called, “Whiskey Row.” Four years later, he trademarked the name Four Roses, claiming production and sales back to the 1860s. In 1922, the Paul Jones Company purchased the Frankfort Distilling Company, one of only six distilleries granted permission to operate through prohibition to produce Bourbon for medicinal purposes. In the years under Paul’s direction, sales of the Bourbon flourished and Four Roses grew to be a preeminent brand.

In 1943, Seagram purchased the Frankfort Distilling Co. primarily to acquire the most noted and recognized name in the business at that time – Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Even though Four Roses was the top selling Bourbon in the U.S. in the 30s, 40s and 50s, Seagram made the decision to discontinue the sale of Kentucky Straight Bourbon in the U.S. and Four Roses was moved to the rapidly growing European and Asian markets where it quickly became the top selling Bourbon.

In February 2002, the Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd. purchased the Four Roses brand trademark and named the new acquisition Four Roses Distillery LLC. By continuing the devotion for product quality with which Paul Jones, Jr. created his original Bourbon, the Distillery has rekindled the popularity of Four Roses in key European and Japanese markets. Now back in the US after a lengthy absence, Four Roses is quickly earning a reputation as one of the finest names in the Bourbon world. The people who work at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY and at their warehouse facility in Cox’s Creek, KY continue the legacy of Paul Jones, Jr. Their passion for quality and their pride in creating and producing an award-winning Bourbon is evident in the smooth, mellow taste that has become the signature of the Four Roses Brand.

For me, this one of the finest Bourbons I have ever had the pleasure to try and mixes brilliantly with a wide array of artistic flairs. My favorite is a concoction discovered in Nashville, TN at an establishment called Tavern. This masterpiece was a blend of:


  • 2 oz. of Four Roses Small Batch,
  • ¾ oz. Pure Maple Syrup
  • ½ oz. Sweet Vermouthfour roses drink


Details & Tasting Notes:

Four Roses Single Barrel

100 Proof

Nose: Dried Spice, Pear, Coco, Maple Syrup

Palate: Hints of Ripe Plum & Cherries, Robust

Finish: Smooth, Rich Finish


Four Roses Small Batch

90 Proof

Nose: Rich Fruit, Hints of Oak & Caramel

Palate: Rich, Creamy, Ripened Red Berries

Finish: More Fruit, Smooth, Long Finish


Four Roses Yellow

80 Proof

Nose: Balance of Subtle Fruit & Spices

Palate: Crisp Fruit, Caramel, Vibrant Spice

Finish: Mellow, Long & Pleasant

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