Four Roses’ Brent Elliott Named Master Distiller of the Year

February 14, 2020

International media outlet Whisky Magazine presented honor at Icons of Whisky America


LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (February 14, 2020) – Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott was named Master Distiller/Blender of the Year at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky America awards ceremony earlier this week in New York City.

A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Elliott began his career with Four Roses Distillery in 2005, and advanced to master distiller and director of quality in 2015, following the retirement of Hall of Fame master distiller Jim Rutledge.

Elliott has played an integral role in the growth and continued acclaim of Four Roses. His most notable addition to date in the storied history of the 132-year old Bourbon brand is the introduction of Four Roses Small Batch Select. Launched in spring 2019, the non-chill filtered, 104-proof Bourbon was the distillery’s first permanent product-line extension since 2006. Since its release, Small Batch Select was ranked No. 3 in Whisky Advocate’s Top 20 Whiskies of 2019 (and was the highest-rated Bourbon), and also earned Category Silver for Kentucky Bourbon at the 2020 World Whiskies Awards.

“I look at some of the superb professionals across our industry, and to be recognized like this is just a tremendous honor and something I never would have imagined,” said Elliott. “Our team at Four Roses is so dedicated to what we do. We’ve had the good fortune of releasing a lot of great bottlings over the last few years, including Small Batch Select, and I am proud of what we’ve been able to achieve together.”

The World Whiskies Awards judging panel includes leading international spirits journalists and industry experts. Winners from the Icons of Whisky America and World Whiskies Awards 2020 will now go head-to-head with their contemporaries from across the globe for the global title, presented in London in March 2020.

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About Four Roses Distillery
Established in 1888, Four Roses is the only Bourbon distillery that combines two mashbills with five proprietary yeast strains to distill and age 10 distinct Bourbon recipes, each with its own unique flavor profile. With distilling and warehousing operations in Lawrenceburg and Cox’s Creek, Kentucky, respectively, Four Roses is dedicated to producing award-winning Bourbons with smooth and mellow tastes and finishes. Four Roses is available in all 50 states. For more information, visit or find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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