Interview with Jim Rutledge, December 16, 2013

Project: Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Jim Rutledge is Master Distiller at Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. In this interview he discusses his career path and how he became a Master Distiller. He talks about his desire to introduce Four Roses bourbon in the United States and the challenge of overcoming the bad reputation of Four Roses blended whiskey. He talks about what makes Four Roses bourbon different from other bourbons and talks about it's success in various competitions. He talks about the camaraderie of the bourbon industry and how he feels about the fame of Master Distillers in the industry. He talks about Kentucky as the home of bourbon and how bourbon making is both a science and an art. He talks about how successful the bourbon industry has become.

Interview Accession

2014oh014_bik036

Interviewee Name

Jim Rutledge

Interviewer Name

Carla Carlton

Interview Date

2013-12-16

Interview LC Subject

Bourbon whiskey

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Rutledge, Jim Interview by Carla Carlton. 16 Dec. 2013. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Rutledge, J. (2013, December 16). Interview by C.. Carlton. Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Rutledge, Jim, interview by Carla Carlton. December 16, 2013, Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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