Classification: Straight Bourbon
Distillery: Brown-Forman Shively Distillery
Mashbill: 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
According to Brown-Forman Old Forester was “created in 1870, Old Forester is the only bourbon continuously distilled and marketed by the founding family before, during and after Prohibition.” Depending on the barrel evaporation, each single barrel selection of Old Forester usually produces between 200 to 240 bottles. This particular barrel was aged on floor 5 of warehouse H.
Summer fruits and banana gently greet you as they mingle with classic bourbon notes of light vanilla, oak, and caramel on the nose. The palate is delivers a deeper experience with heavy hints of oak and leather mingling with hints of dark plum and vanilla, which produces a nice overall mouthfeel. Heavy vanilla and a drier oak form the short finish.
The standard Old Forester and single barrel selections are often overlooked for the company’s more recently Whiskey Row series which includes 1870, 1897, 1910, and 1920. However, Old Forester single barrel picks usually deliver a good value for the money, and this is no exception. It won’t blow you away with an exotic flavor profile, but it also won’t snub you of a flavorful sip either. Overall this store pick is a very easy drinker.
The sample used for this review is from a production bottle and was provided at no cost courtesy of Third Base Market & Spirits. We thank them for the sample and for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.