Four Roses 50th Anniversary Al Young Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Four Roses 50th Anniversary Al Young

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  • Distiller:

    Four Roses

  • Bottler:

    Four Roses

  • ABV:

    54.46%

  • Age:

    12 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: It gets a bit hot on the finish, but that's soon smoothed over by the underlying vanilla sweetness, with vanilla pudding, biscuit and oak, as well as cinnamon and cloves.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: 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!
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: In the case of Al Young's commemorative batch, it's the bottle of Four Roses that I will be most excited about returning to in the future. Not because it's rare or special, but because it marries together so many of the elements that I love over the masterful spectrum of Four Roses' various releases.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Extremely long finish with a fried apple pie note. An incredibly complex and intense, must-have sipper. Perfection.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: While the flavors and aromas come at you from left field, the whiskey itself is balanced and offers so much character it’s impossible to put down.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This was oakier, drier and more peppery than I would have liked, especially for such a "big" release. There are a host of private select bottled I'd have taken over this in a heart beat.
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  • Intro:

    This is a hyped Four Roses release commemorating Al Youngs 50 years as brand ambassador for Four Roses. It is a blend of 5% 23yr OBSV, 25% 15yr OBSK, 50% 13yr OESV and 20% 12yr OBSF.

  • Nose:

    Honey, clove, doughy and loaded with pepper. All spice and sweet floral fruitiness is here also.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouthfeel, caramel and honey are very prominent. Spicy and peppery, lots of clove and growing oaky and tannic.

  • Finish:

    Medium length, spicy and dry. Lots of pepper, faint allspice, some caramel and toffee.

  • Overall:

    I like this but couldn't help but feel let down. This was oakier, drier and more peppery than I would have liked, especially for such a "big" release. There are a host of private select bottled I'd have taken over this in a heart beat.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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