Classification: Straight Bourbon
Distillery: Brown-Forman Shively Distillery
Release Date: March 2021
Color: Bright Mahogany
MSRP: $50 375mL (2021)
Dry aged oak | Nut | Caramel | Leather | Rich & inviting
Seasoned oak | Tobacco | Cigar box | Creamy caramel | Robust with a prominent nod to nicely aged oak
Flash of rye spice | Baking spices | Aged oak mixed with leather | Tapering spice on the backend | Dry
A new series by Old Forester, The 117 Series Batch 001 is composed of high angel’s share barrels and will be available exclusively at Old Forester Distilling CO. and select Kentucky retailers at the end of March. This is the first Old Forester bourbon to feature a woman’s signature on the bottle - Master Taster Jackie Zykan.
The debut of The 117 Series is a good one, with a robust bourbon that grips the senses and showcases rich oak and tobacco notes. It echoes what I love about Brown-Forman’s annual King of Kentucky release, offering even more intense oak flavors that will satisfy anyone who enjoys an oak-forward bourbon. With that being said, it strikes enough balance with caramel, nut, and tobacco notes to keep the oak in check. Overall it’s a remarkable bourbon from Master Taster Jackie Zykan.