- Brand: Old Forester
- ABV: 57.5%
I'm a big fan of Bourbon and this particular bottle has been recommended to met by several pals. So I managed to find a bottle, and here are my thoughts on this Whiskey. Note: this is the first pour of the bottle.
Nose: Beer mash, sweet corn, butter, faint hints of red apple & cinnamon, freshly cut lumber, sawdust, rubber, pickle juice, soft undertones of milk chocolate, and just a general vibrancy and fruitiness(black cherry) to this. To my surprise, there's no alcohol nipping away at your sense of smell for the ABV this is packing. You really have to take your time with this one to get the full experience. Initially I just nosed it for a good 15min. Smells like quality! Let's see if it tastes like it too.
Taste: I sipped this neat. Initially it's brash and in your face. A combination of sweet and spice with a strong tannic grip. No heat, just a sensation as if your teeth are being squeezed together. It's woody and fruity as well. Body comes of medium to big since its realy viscous, but you can't really tell initially since your senses are overwhelmed. Upon a second sip, the same experience. This time the sweetness is more separate upfront followed by the spice and tannins. Quality? If you like big powerful Bourbon, Yes!
Finish: Bitter wood, sweet corn, cherry, and saw dust. The sweetness and bitterness interplay here to give a pleasant finish. Did I mention it lasts? 5min later I still taste bitter wood.
This Old Forester 1920 is worth checking out if you like your Bourbon powerful and sweet. It's probably among the sweetest Bourbon's I've tasted. I can't stress that enough, you really have to have a sweet tooth for this one. If I had to compare this with an existing Bourbon I'd say this is similar in presentation to Weller 107 but with rye rather than the wheat.