The American Whiskey community lost another great this week. Four Roses Senior Brand Ambassador Al Young died surrounded by family on Christmas Day according to a statement from the Distillery.
Young began working for Four Roses in 1967 (during the Seagram’s era) and fully embraced the brand for the next half century. Young attained the position of Distillery Manager in 1990 and Four Roses Brand Ambassador in 2007. His knowledge of Four Roses’ (and general whiskey) history was legendary. Accordingly, Young eventually was named brand historian and penned a book, Four Roses: The Return of a Whiskey Legend.
“Al was an ambassador for Kentucky Bourbon long before the job was even invented,” said Kentucky Distillers’ Association President Eric Gregory in a statement. “The thing I’ll remember most is that Al was always smiling. Always. You just knew he loved his job, his family and his life. We were lucky to share in his spirit.”
Young was also a member of the KDA Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame and served as a historian for the KDA.
A Four Roses statement added, “More than that, Al embodied the spirit of Bourbon. He was a friend to all, always there with a story and ready for a good laugh together.”
Young was succeeded by his wife Gretchen, three children, and several grandchildren.