Old Forester Single Barrel

Mashbill: 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley. Aged 4.5 years. This is a bottling from Old Forester's Single Barrel program. Select retailers are offered an opportunity to visit the Old Forester distillery and taste 3 pre-selected casks. Whichever cask is selected by the retailer will be bottled exclusively for them so each bottling is unique.

Mashbill: 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley. Aged 4.5 years. This is a bottling from Old Forester's Single Barrel program. Select retailers are offered an opportunity to visit the Old Forester distillery and taste 3 pre-selected casks. Whichever cask is selected by the retailer will be bottled exclusively for them so each bottling is unique.

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Kentucky Straight Bourbon
45%
0.75 l
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Mattjp213
08. Feb 2019
Nosing: Big on orange zest. Mild acetone aroma, not too harsh. Considerable oak. Dark cherry syrup (like Luxardo Maraschino cherries). Ripe strawberries. The nose is probably the best thing about this bourbon. It's really pleasant. If you let it breathe for a minute or two the acetone smell is no longer noticeable unless you really go looking for it.

Taste: A little bit of smoke right at the start, like a burnt out campfire. Some light pepper. Can notice a little spiciness from the Rye. Definitely some orange, but not sweet orange, more like slightly bitter orange. The person who selected this barrel said orange pith (the white on the inside of an orange peel) and I definitely see what he meant. Noticeable oak. There is some sweetness, but it's subtle and underneath everything else, like slightly sweet burnt flavors - caramelized sugar and molasses.

Finish: Moderately long with a predominantly cherry vicks taste.

Comment: Purchased for $47 in Madison, WI. A pretty good bourbon overall. For the price I would call it an ok value - priced just about right. I've heard of a great deal of variance in this single barrel though. Some bottlings are amazing and some are just ok. It helps to know that you trust your liquor store to pick a great barrel on this one. This bourbon is from Old Forester's Whiskey Row Series. I have also tried the 1920 Prohibition Style bourbon from the same series which is around $68. From a high level they both fit into the classic Old Forester profile for sure, but I think that they're different enough to make it worth trying both. If you're only going to try 1 I would for sure get the Single Barrel. I think the Prohibition Style should be closer to $50-$55 so it's a little overpriced.

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Mattjp213
08. Feb 2019
Nosing: Big on orange zest. Mild acetone aroma, not too harsh. Considerable oak. Dark cherry syrup (like Luxardo Maraschino cherries). Ripe strawberries. The nose is probably the best thing about this bourbon. It's really pleasant. If you let it breathe for a minute or two the acetone smell is no longer noticeable unless you really go looking for it.

Taste: A little bit of smoke right at the start, like a burnt out campfire. Some light pepper. Can notice a little spiciness from the Rye. Definitely some orange, but not sweet orange, more like slightly bitter orange. The person who selected this barrel said orange pith (the white on the inside of an orange peel) and I definitely see what he meant. Noticeable oak. There is some sweetness, but it's subtle and underneath everything else, like slightly sweet burnt flavors - caramelized sugar and molasses.

Finish: Moderately long with a predominantly cherry vicks taste.

Comment: Purchased for $47 in Madison, WI. A pretty good bourbon overall. For the price I would call it an ok value - priced just about right. I've heard of a great deal of variance in this single barrel though. Some bottlings are amazing and some are just ok. It helps to know that you trust your liquor store to pick a great barrel on this one. This bourbon is from Old Forester's Whiskey Row Series. I have also tried the 1920 Prohibition Style bourbon from the same series which is around $68. From a high level they both fit into the classic Old Forester profile for sure, but I think that they're different enough to make it worth trying both. If you're only going to try 1 I would for sure get the Single Barrel. I think the Prohibition Style should be closer to $50-$55 so it's a little overpriced.