Four Roses Cox's Creek Offices and Gift Shop. Master Distiller Jim Rutledge is on the right.
Four Rose distills at their Lawrenceburg facility and then trucks the fresh spirit here to Cox's Creek (about an hour away) where it is barreled and aged.
Four Roses has 20 single story barrel warehouses, each with a footprint of one acre.
These warehouses are unique in the bourbon industry. Traditional warehouses can be 7 stories high and the interior temperatures vary greatly from the bottom to the top floor.
Four Roses uses single story warehouses to help keep their product more consistent.
Whiskey is trucked in from the Four Roses distillery in Lawrenceburg KY. Here it is unloaded, mixed in the desired recipes, and barreled.
These huge tanks are filled with freshly distilled whiskey by arriving tanker trucks. They actually rest on scales so each load can be weighed.
Barrel filling station. The worker is spinning the barrel to bring the bung hole to the top.
The barrel is filled with whiskey and then sealed with a poplar bung. (I did get to seal one myself)
The full barrels weigh about 500lbs and are carried away on a conveyer to be loaded in a truck.
Full barrels waiting to be trucked over to a warehouse.
Another view of the bottling line.
Bottling and labeling is a very manual process. Some export whiskey is shipped in bulk and bottle there. Contract whiskey is also shipped out in bulk.
The Cox's Creek sensory lab. Gary Fields gave us the tour through the facility.
Filtering apparatus. The whiskey passes through this long stack of filter pads.