Old Forester President's Choice Bourbon
Old Forester // Kentucky, USA
Until his death in 1968, Brown-Forman president George Garvin Brown II, selected cask-strength single barrels of this bourbon bottled for an exclusive contingent of bourbon aficionados - a very rare practice at this time. A small amount of these whiskeys have been sold back to Old Forester and released with labels bearing the names of the barrel owners as well as any known details about the whiskey (how old, where stored in which warehouse, etc.), many of which date back to the 1950s. The particular sample tasted for this review bears the name of Edward Schottland on the label, and was aged for 8 years in what was Warehouse A, though exact year of bottling is unknown. NOTE: Collector's item: results will vary depending on the source. Best bet for purchasing is to go directly to the distillery or from a trusted collector.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"This whiskey is surprisingly lively with strong notes of tobacco and potpourri mixed in with vanilla and malty cocoa. It's also rather heavy on the baking spices, with elements of dried citrus. These impressive flavors end in a finish that is somewhat abrupt with a punctuation of pepper, but it's not enough to be offended by any means."