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Interview with Jim Rutledge, Four Roses Master Distiller (Part 2)

This post is Part 2 of my video conversation with Jim Rutledge, Four Roses Master Distiller. I hate to even call it an “interview” because frankly it’s a conversation I caught on camera. In this segment Jim continues to tell us more on the background of Four Roses. He also talks about which Four Roses product he consumes most, gives a rundown on “Whiskey Flavor Factors” (including some detail on barrel aging), and some comparisons to Scotch whiskey. Enjoy!


  1. Jason, thanks for the close up look at Four Roses and the interviews with Jim. My wife and I first visited the Four Roses distillery in 2005 and fell in love with the brand and the people we met there. Jim’s vision and passion for resurrecting Four Roses bourbon and their unique process of multiple recipes and consistent aging conditions helped to make Four Roses my all time favorite. I am so glad that we can now buy Four Roses in Ohio. A few years ago we had to stock up while driving through Kentucky to assure an adequate supply.

  2. Ed, thanks for the comment. I’m sure back in 2005 the availability was a whole different story even- Very Sparse! Good to see that more and more are able to get it wherever they may be.

    Appreciate your visiting the site!



  3. Yes! Finally something about Wealth Master Interviews.

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