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  • 11 Dec 2013 12:46 PM | Anonymous
    Four Roses was recently featured in the Japanese "Whiskey Magazine" as they celebrate their 125th year anniversary. You can check out the original transcript here ( or see below for the English Translation. (Note: this translation is not approved nor condoned by Whiskey Magazine or Four Roses and is the sole product of the Japan/America Society of Kentucky.)

    November, 18th 2013

    Four Roses Introduces New 125th Year Anniversary Bottle, “Rosy Sensation”

    The Hotel Barman's Association (HBA) Junior Cocktail Competition, Kirin Cup and Cocktail Festival was held in Sendai, Japan. At this event, the cocktails were separated into categories based on their base alcohol: Tanqueray No 10 (Gin), Ciroc (Vodka), and Four Roses (Bourbon). We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see the unveiling of a new bourbon cocktail, so we headed down to the competition. We present to our readers some new cocktails that we would love for you try!

    Winner: “Smile Again”

    Maker: Keisuke Yamada

    Four Roses Black (20 ml)

    Original Peachtree (15 ml)

    Fresh Grapefruit Juice (20 ml)

    Monin Strawberry Syrup (5 ml)

    Orange Peel (1)

    Runner-up: “Yuki”

    Maker: Sayaka Tsutsumi

    Four Roses Black (30 ml)

    Original AppleBarrel (15 ml)

    Tropical 100% Pineapple Juice (10 ml)

    Grenadine Syrup

    Fresh Lemon Juice (1 tsp)

    Four Roses Director of Distillery Operations Ryan Ashley and Four Roses Ambassador Julie Gorham acted as judges for the Four Roses competition. Ashley and Gorham were in Japan not only to judge the competition, but also to present Four Roses’ limited edition 125th Anniversary Small Batch bourbon. We had a chance to sit down with both of them and talk about Bourbon and Four Roses.

    Whiskey Magazine: Thank you taking time to talk with us today. As judges, what was your impression of the competition the other day?

    Julie Gorham: I was very surprised. There aren’t very many competitions that are this serious in America. For the bartenders who participated in the event, as well as for the makers of the alcohol, this was a very worthwhile event.

    WM: How was the winning cocktail?

    JG: It was a cocktail that really warmed my heart. It was great not just for the taste and smell, but it really represented what we here at Four Roses are trying to express in our Bourbon.

    WM: Would it be something you would recommend for Four Roses drinkers?

    JG: Most definitely. The ingredients were not ones you would normally think of, yet its consistency of taste was above expectation - it really brought out a new flavor. As a new way to enjoy Four Roses, I whole-heartedly recommend this cocktail.

    WM: How is Four Roses drunk in America? Is it usually drunk simple/on the rocks?

    JG: For older drinkers of Four Roses, they enjoy it simple; on the other hand, the mixologists of today have been making up new and creative cocktails for us. Cocktails that can’t be captured in a preconceived notion or idea - there’s a lot of very unique drinks being made in America. Of course, when we think of Bourbon, we think  “Chest Burner” or that we have to “Drink it in one gulp down the throat”, but we would like people to drink Four Roses slowly, enjoying the great smell and taste as they drink.

    WM: We had previously asked Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge makes Four Roses different from other bourbons, and he had responded that you use 5 different types of yeast and 2 different types of mash to make 10 unique bourbons, are there any other special traits about Four Roses bourbon?

    Ryan Ashley: The “Smooth and Mellow” taste of Four Roses, that comes out of the unique bourbon making process, is what gives Four Roses it’s special characteristic more than anything else. Just like these Four Roses on our logo: brilliant and mellow. We think that this is something that can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of whether they are old or young, male or female.

    WM: I hate to bring up other companies, but it seems like many whiskey makers in the US are also making liqueurs, does Four Roses have any intention to pursue that direction?

    RA: Four Roses bourbon is plenty soft enough; we have no intention of adding any flavor or smell to it.  Besides, we have our hands full just producing the bourbon itself!

    WM: I can see your point, Four Roses bourbon has a flavor that can be enjoyed by those new to bourbon and those that have been drinking bourbon for some time. Four Roses is something that you can enjoy by itself or by mixing in a cocktail. It really is just the perfect drink.

    AR: Yes, from our standard yellow label to the releases of our limited edition bourbons, there is a real depth to Four Roses that I would like people to get to know. Of course, I would love for everyone to try our 125th Anniversary Small Batch Bottle as well!

    WM: I heard that you had a tasting of the “125th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch” Four Roses Bourbon at the competition the other day, how was it received?

    AR: It was received very well. We got a lot of questions like “How can I get one of these?” Before coming to Japan, we had an event in Hong Kong where it was also received very well. We’ve produced limited edition bottles before, but this being the 125th Anniversary Year, it is a very exciting initiative. However, more than us here at Four Roses, our customers are very excited over this new edition. We’ve produced more than two times what we normally do when releasing a limited edition bottle, but we still are facing a worldwide shortage because of high demand.

    WM: 18 year and 13 year aged bourbon is used in this new anniversary bourbon. Bourbon sure does take a while to mature, doesn’t it. It must be quite hard work blending the bourbon.

    AR: Many Bourbon and Whiskey fans think the longer the maturation period, the better the bourbon. However, we aren’t of the opinion that the longer the bourbon ages the better; we focus on looking for each bourbon’s “Peak” maturation time, this is the very important in our process. It’s said that bourbon takes about 8-10 years to reach maturation. Within those barrels, some can go on for up to 18 years while still remaining good bourbon. However, finely checking these barrels to make sure the condition is still good was quite a difficult process. We have numerous older aged barrels like those, and blending them with our usual aged barrels, have come up with an excellent product.

    WM: I see. I had the opportunity to try some of the new bourbon myself, and while having a deep aged flavor, it also had the smoothness that Four Roses has come to embody. It was a very complex tasting bourbon.

    AR: We here are Four Roses don’t try for specific ages of bourbon, but shoot for a specific flavor profile instead. That target is whether or not the bourbon is “Smooth and Mellow.” This Anniversary bottle just happened to have the smoothest taste at 18 years maturation. We were very happy to that our customers were satisfied with the quality of the 125th Anniversary Bottle.

    WM: Yes, this is definitely a bottle that people would want to get their hands on. Will you be doing any sort of special anniversary bottle or event to celebrate in America?

    AR: Yes, we had a large ceremony at the Four Roses plant. This is, of course, a big turning point for us. As our plans for the future and our company itself continue to grow, we held a ceremony that really brought all the staff at Four Roses together under one common ideal. We have also started to promote this year as the “Year of the Toast.” In America, before we drink, there is a custom of always giving a toast. We are currently trying to collect all of those toasts online. We are receiving fitting toasts from the gathering of friends and family members. From those toasts that were submitted, we will choose one of them and put it on a limited edition bottle to go out next year to commemorate the celebration. It’s great that we were able to put out a high quality 125th anniversary bottle for this year, but what makes us truly happy is being able to share the joy and celebration with our customers.

    WM: Lastly, do you have a message for the whisky fans in Japan? Maybe a secret that you would like to share with us?

    AR: Hmm… a secret?! As you know, our recipe and the way we make our bourbon is all available publicly – we are a very open distillery. Using traditional equipment, we continue to hold on to the age-old bourbon making tradition. If anyone would like to find the secret behind the taste, we welcome them to our distillery where they can see the process, enjoy the atmosphere, and understand the true secret behind Four Roses Bourbon. We would love for our Japanese customers to come and visit!

    WM: Thank you very much.


  • 07 Oct 2013 11:01 AM | Anonymous

  • 16 Apr 2013 4:22 PM | Anonymous
    We have official sightings of Cherry Blossoms Blooming on the University of Kentucky's Campus! See below for pictures.

    These trees were given to Kentucky as a gift to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the original Cherry Blossom gift given to the U.S. by Japan. They are also descendants of the original Cherry Blossom trees now in Washington D.C.

  • 09 Nov 2011 11:23 AM | Deleted user

    Doug Whitlock, Eastern Kentucky University's 11th President, is devoted to upholding the rich tradition of his Alma Mater while guiding her to greater excellence.

    He has initiated and overseen capital, regional stewardship, student success and academic research projects that will long define Eastern's future. These include the new arts center and a state-of-the-art science building, the latter opening in January 2012; and the Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies.

    Those who best know President Whitlock describe him as a person who "connects dots," as he believes in the power of collaboration. He exemplifies this through his long-term service as a member of the Madison County Schools Board of Education, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Commerce Lexington's Central Kentucky Public Policy Council, Bluegrass Tomorrow Board of Directors, and active involvement with the International Town and Gown Association and the Southern Growth Policies Board. President Whitlock’s interest in furthering international goodwill is illustrated by his membership on the Madison County International Committee (chair since 2007) and his seat on the Board of Directors of the American Committee for KEEP, the Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project in Japan.

    During his presidential tenure, EKU has garnered several national recognitions, including: designations by Forbes and U.S. News as being among America's best colleges; distinctions as a community-engaged university by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Washington (DC) Monthly magazine; and recognition as one of America's "Great Colleges to Work For," from the Chronicle of Higher Education. Most notable, perhaps, is EKU's recognition as a military-friendly campus from G.I. Jobs magazine and a Number 1 “Best for Vets” ranking in the nation from Military Times EDGE magazine.

    In addition to his two degrees from Eastern (he later added a doctorate from the University of Kentucky), President Whitlock has devoted his entire professional life to EKU, his administrative career now spanning more than 40 years. 

  • 09 Nov 2011 8:57 AM | Deleted user


    November Event: Supplier Collaboration leads to bottom-line benefits
    The November Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics Network program will focus on the importance of OEMs and suppliers working hand-in-hand to create highly value-added, win-win relationships that ultimately lead to bottom line benefits. In order for the business world to truly progress in an ever-increasing global environment, genuine collaboration must become a central business philosophy. Only after companies uncover the real meaning of supplier collaboration can it become a part of a company's sustained business strategy.

    The panel discussion will include:

    Mike Render, Product Manager, Caterpillar Aftertreatment & Cooling Products  Mike has been at Caterpillar for 38 years working in a variety of functions. His current role is to run the business of providing engine emission reduction products for the complete line of Caterpillar Diesel and natural gas engines. His organization provides a range of cooling products that includes radiators, engine coolers, water pumps, etc. for all the CAT machines and engine products. In his current position, as well as in his former experience in electronics, he has worked to change the supplier relationship from an adversarial '3 bids and a buy' to a collaborative partner relationship. His team has developed a number of techniques that have made this approach very successful as described in a recent article in Business Week regarding the Caterpillar/Tenneco relationship.

    Michael Hesketh, President of Superb IPC
    Michael brings the perspective of a supplier to the conversation. His small power coating business in Shelbyville, KY, has learned that being flexible and responsive to customer needs have made their complete one-stop facility a provider of solutions for their clients. Superb mainly serves the automotive, appliance and general metals industries. Michael and his team are committed to supplying customers with products that not only meet but exceed their quality requirements.

    Jim Tarabori, Director of the Institute for Supplier Collaboration

    Jim is Director of the newly formed Institute for Supplier Collaboration, a thought-leadership group formed to promote the use of collaborative techniques between manufacturers and their key suppliers.   Previously, Jim served as Caterpillar Inc.'s Director of Purchasing for North America. He simultaneously served as Caterpillar's Director of Supplier Relations & Development, where he led the development of the Supplier Relationship Management program to align suppliers to corporate goals to achieve the corporation's Vision 2020 strategies. The Institute for Supplier Collaboration was founded by CGN, a global business performance consulting firm that has worked with major manufacturers to find immediate and significant business value and improve their ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. 

    How does your company stand up? Take the survey...

    True collaboration is achieved only after understanding the limitless benefits of its practice and proper methods of its implementation. The profound understanding needed can only happen after the realization of where a company stands in the practice of proven supplier collaboration techniques. Take this short survey prior to attending the event and learn how your company stacks up against the competition. The survey results will be a summarized topic of discussion during the closing comments of the event.


    This event is a great opportunity to hear from Caterpillar, a global leader in size, scope, reach and character. Caterpillar Inc. is a genuine enabler of sustainable world progress and opportunity, defined by the brand attributes of global leadership, innovation, and sustainability.

    For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2010 sales and revenues of $42.588 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services.

    Workshop to focus on design-centered manufacturing

    Profitable innovation and manufacturing often utilize design to create distinctive products that provide a great customer experience and brand loyalty. A workshop to be held in Louisville will explore the dynamics of great design and the important role design-centered innovation and manufacturing can play in a company's future success and Kentucky's economy. Panelists include: Stuart Rosenfel, public policy advisor and author and Lou Lenzi, Director, Industrial Design, GE Appliances.The workshop will be held November 2, 2011 at the Galt House from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. There is no fee, but attendees must register. For more information, call Rick Johnson (859) 246.3231 or click here to send an email.


    Network member ISA Recycling holds 2011 Cans for Kids Initiative

    Community involvement continues to be an important aspect of ISA Recycling's corporate culture. This year's campaign is focused on raising funds for the West End School in Louisville, KY. Funds will help aid in the expansion of the school's facility and education for the students.

    This October, other Network member companies are invited to get involved. Companies can collect and donate cans or donate any form of scrap metal, corporate or personal; hold their own can drive for employees and/or customers or make a corporate donation. For more information, contact Niki Spies at (502) 693-5727 or click here to send an email.

    Supplier Collaboration Event

    Date: November 30

    Time: 8 - 10 a.m. 

    Networking and registration from 8 - 8:30 a.m. 

    Program begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.

    Location: Muhammad Ali Center, 150 South Sixth Street, Louisville

    Cost: Free to Network members; $10 for GLI members and additional guests of members; $20 for nonmembers

    Breakfast will be served. 

     Please call Marie Branum at (502) 625-0226 orclick here to send an email



    Payment in advance of the event is required.  If you have a company check in process on the day of the event, please bring a credit card to guarantee payment.  To avoid waiting in line at the event, please pay by credit card now by calling (502) 625-0085.


    No refunds within 48 hours of the event.  No-shows will be billed.  Substitutions are welcome with proper notice.


    To read GLI's complete payment policy, click here

    A benefit to membership in the Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics Network is no cost for monthly events and programs. Depending on the membership level, companies have one or more 'spots' at each event. Take full advantage of your membership be utilizing all of your seats at events. If you are unsure about how many seats your membership level allows you, please call Marie for more information.

  • 28 Oct 2011 8:27 PM | Deleted user
    The MSU wind ensemble will hold the President’s Concert, the proceeds of which will go to earthquake/tsunami relief efforts for Japanese musical groups represented by the All-Japan Band Directors Association (AJBDA) and Japan Bandmasters Association (JBA).  
  • 30 Sep 2011 11:04 AM | Deleted user
    主催:Benefit Insurance Marketing / Steve Wilson & Mamiko Riesbeck
    日時:10月25日(火) 7:00~9:00PM
    場所:Hyatt Regency Down Town Lexington
    対象:日米協会の会員の方々とそのご家族、Jask members and their spouse
    Please contact Mamiko Riesbeck for more information. 
    CONTACT: (日本語可)

  • 29 Sep 2011 11:29 AM | Deleted user
    DATE: Thursdays--10/6, 10/13, 10/20 & 10/27
    TIME: 6pm-8pm
    For 12 years old and up to adult (Younger students accepted if accompanied by an adult)
    WHERE: The living Arts & Science Center
  • 29 Sep 2011 8:28 AM | Deleted user

    (株)代表取締役社長 光武 信行氏と、International Language Plus社長 サンド

    ■レキシントン:10月26日(水)2:00 pm~
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  • 03 Jun 2011 10:12 AM | Deleted user

    The 2011 Nuido Exhibition of Japanese Embroidery is off to a grand start.  As you know, on April 15, 2011, the Opening Reception at the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky was held.  Attendees over 200 people at the reception included:

    • The Honorable Hiroshi Sato, Counsel General of Japan, Nashville, TN;
    • Ms. Linda Gorton, Vice Mayor, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government;
    • Mr. Shigekazu Kato, Treasurer & Executive Advisor, Toyota Manufacturing Kentucky;
    • Mr. Michael Tick, Dean, University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts;
    • Mr. Keiko Tanaka, Director, University of Kentucky Asia Center; and,
    • Mr. John Gardner, Senior Vice-President, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC


    The 2011 Nuido World Exhibition at the University of Kentucky will continue through July 3rd: with 4 day Non-credited class; May 28, 29 and June 4, 5: please do not hesitate to contact us if you would need more information.

    After the successful exhibition at the University of Kentucky, the 2011 Nuido World Exhibition will travel to Adelaide Festival Centre (AFC), South Australia in September for the OzAsia Festival.  We are honored to be a part of this unique festival where 35,000 people from around the Pacific Rim are expected to attend.  

    Japanese Embroidery Center

    Nonprofit Educational Organization

    Tel. 770-390-0617



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