This expression is the third of Old Forester’s Whiskey Row collection with the first being the 1870 Original batch and the second the 1897 Bottled in Bond. I was not impressed with the 1870 and ended up using most of it in cooking and to spice up my tea, and I never got my hands on a bottle of the 1897 expression. I had been hearing lots of good things about this current expression, however, and went out of my way to grab a bottle. Will it become part of my regular rotation or is it fated to be mixed with tea?
Old Forester 1920: Prohibition Style
NAS ; 57.5%
Color: Burnt Umber
Nose: Very sweet with herbal undertones: brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, and hints of citrus
Taste: Caramel, red hot candy with hints of butterscotch and nuts followed by oak, cloves, tobacco, and leather all balanced out wonderfully.
Finish: Warm and spicy mouth feel. The bourbon envelopes the mouth with a warm tingle that settles on the top of the tongue with a nice peppery bite. It never overwhelms but rather takes you right to the edge and then settles. Aftertaste is dominated with an herbal flavor with hints of vanilla and leather.
This is good bourbon Bront. It’s turned into one of my favorites and a go to whiskey for me as of late. At 115 proof, often you don’t need more than one dram but you’ll have a second because it’s so damn delicious. My only quibble is that it’s $60 and I wish it was cheaper, but a bourbon this good is worth it. Snatch up a bottle if you see it on the shelf you won’t be disappointed.