Nothing is better than finishing a long day’s work, coming home, having a good meal and capping the day off with a fine whiskey. For almost 10 years now, Courtney and I have been enjoying the tradition of a drink together to signal the end of our day (which has gotten longer and longer). It’s a really nice reward for a successful, and sometimes unsuccessful, day.
When we were first exploring whiskey, I had asked my dad what he liked. He was a scotch guy, Single Malt all the way. He was of that generation, when a real class at would only drink a single malt. Today, Whiskey drinkers are far more savvy. It’s not about Single Malts, but whats good and what’s available. With the sudden explosion of Pappy Van Winkle (you know, the bourbon even billionaires can’t afford to have – a slight misconception) many of today’s bourbons have become harder and harder to come by. Distilleries have begun to capitalize on the “limited release” bourbon craze that ensued, much to the frustration of long time customers and drinkers.
But not Four Roses. Four Roses have managed to produce the highest quality bourbon on the regular. So much so that liquor stores and private buyers from across the country have been able to go to their bottling facility at Cox Creek, Kentucky, sift through a lineup of up to 10 different bourbons (straight from the barrel) and select their own barrel to purchase. These bottles when purchased by liquor stores fill their shelves until the entire barrel is purchased through by thirsty customers. In special cases, private buyers are also able to purchase their own barrel, like we did in August. In our case, we decided to do some good with our barrel and offer bottles up to friends with a slight surcharge in order to raise some money for a local youth soccer program that has been so wonderful with our kids, OLPH Youth Soccer. (http://olphsports.org/)
Here are some shots from our pick back in August when we selected a gorgeous barrel of a 10 year old OESK and named her “La Brigantessa”, after my ancestors who fought for their freedom, and their country, in Southern Italy over a century ago.
So, to honor a brand we really admire, and a product we truly love, we decided by select a Rose red tie or two for our Spring and Fall Collections and name them in honor of what we love, Four Roses, and in this case their master distiller, Brent Elliot, whom we have the pleasure to meet, chat with, and share a Four Roses with this Fall.
Here’s your chance to share in our love of this fantastic brand, by grabbing one of our limited Elliot Red Linen Six Folds, and if you’re ever around this neck of the woods in Brooklyn, feel free to reach out, and stop over to tie one on!