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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bourbon 101 at the Boothby

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 2:55 PM

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Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge

Where: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, 1161 Mission (at Eighth St.), Ste. 120

When: Thu., Jan. 27, 6-8 p.m.

Cost: $35

The rundown: Jim Rutledge, a 40-year veteran in the bourbon business ― the past 16 as master distiller at Four Roses ― is coming to the Boothby Center for a talk and a tasting (Four Roses Yellow Label, Limited Edition, Small Batch, and a cocktail). Four Roses has a production method distinct from other bourbons. While most brands have a single recipe, Four Roses has 10, each fermented, distilled, and aged separately in a single-story rack house. The combination of a high rye ratio (25-35 percent, a mash bill that result in spiced notes and all-around complexity) and five distinct yeast strains creates a palette from which Rutledge can blend for various bottlings. This is a great opportunity to learn about the bourbon production process and taste the effect of different yeasts on a distilled spirit.

Tickets: Online through Eventbrite

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