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Brent Elliott Named Master Distiller of the Year

blog | 2/14/2020

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We’re proud to announce that 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.

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 our 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 our 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.

We sat down with Brent to see what he had to say: 

“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. 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.

For more information about the World Whiskies Awards, visit  

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