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Four Roses 6 Year Old Bottled 1970s

Four Roses 6 Year Old Bottled 1970s


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•  Aged 6 Years
•  Bottled in the 1970s, an interesting time for the distillery
•  Rare
•  ABV 43%, 75cl





Four Roses is a brand of bourbon whisky that has been around since 1888. From the end of prohibition until the 1950s it was the top selling bourbon in the USA. However, in the 1970s when this bottle was produced, Four Roses bourbon was not sold in the US - it was made exclusively for the Asian and European markets.

This is one of the most fascinating and perplexing stories in bourbon distillery history. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s Four Roses was owned by Seagram. The company bought the brand in 1943 because it was the best selling bourbon on the market, and they kept it that way. That is until they took the astonishing decision to stop selling bourbon in the US. Instead, they started selling blended whisky under the Four Roses name. All the bourbon they made was shipped overseas, to us here in Europe and also to Asia.

That policy remained in place until Four Roses was sold to Japanese company Kirin. Not surprisingly they stopped selling blended whisky and started selling Four Roses bourbon whisky again.

This example from the 1970s is rare as it was produced during the period that Four Roses was not interested in bourbon. That makes this Four Roses 6 Year Old bourbon whisky very collectable.

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 Four Roses Distillery, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA
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