Score: 93 points
This special Bourbon honors longtime Four Roses distillery manager and historian Al Young on his 50th anniversary at the distillery, and even revives the old 1967-era bottle design and label for the occasion. It’s made from four different Four Roses recipes, and for the diehard Four Roses fans: 23-year-old OBSV, 15-year-old OBSK, 13-year-old OESV, and 12-year-old OBSF.
The nose is aromatic with notes of caramel candy, honey, muted spices, hints of charred oak, peach pie, and dried fruits. The taste has a good balance of spices and fruits, with clove, a hint of black pepper, peaches, apricot jam, a touch of fig cookies, oak, and honey. The finish is lingering, subtle, and slightly dry with a touch of spearmint, apricot jam, and a soft touch of clove. It’s a whisky worthy of Al Young’s name! (June, 2017)