The Old Forester brand introduced in 1870 by Brown-Forman Beverage Company has two historic claims to fame. It was the first bourbon to be sold to customers exclusively in sealed bottles and it is the oldest continuously produced whiskey brand in the U.S. It is not clear today if the brand was named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Confederate cavalry leader or doctor William Forrester, who shilled for the bourbon’s alleged medicinal properties. The bourbon is produced at Early Times Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky from mash composed of 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malted barley. The Old Forester label has always featured statement “this whisky is distilled by us only” followed by George Garvin Brown’s signature. The bottle presented here comes in our opinion from the 1990s and was destined for export.
Nose: dried apricots and cherries, prunes, vanilla, caramel, roasted nuts, hints of tobacco, leather and candle wax.
Palate: rich, honey, vanilla, caramel, orange marmalade, cherries, raspberries, dark chocolate, roasted almonds, hints of tobacco and oak.
Finish: long, with notes of vanilla, caramel, dried fruit, nutmeg and cloves.