Old Forester Signature Bourbon
Old Forester // Kentucky, USA
Old Forester Signature takes the flagship Old Forester classic bourbon and ups the proof to 100, giving it a spicier, more robust character. The Old Forester collection is distilled at Brown-Forman in Shively, Kentucky (just a stone's throw from downtown), a distillery that has been around since the 1860s, when it began life as the Early Times distillery. The name Old Forester was allegedly chosen in honor of a doctor named Forrester, who regularly prescribed the bourbon to his patients at a time when it was still sold in pharmacies "for medicinal purposes."
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"The initial nose boasts a powerful whiff of alcohol that fades to yeasty bread. Given a little time to breathe, the scent of crème brûlée, brown sugar, and woody floor wax make themselves known. Taste starts off with minty bitterness and chocolate, like an Andes Mint made with dark chocolate. Vanilla and oak appear shortly thereafter, followed by dryness, wood, and fire from the high proof. The finish is warm and lingers, giving off a rye spiciness, though not particularly long. This is a business bourbon with little in the way of subtlety but an excellent reflection of Brown-Forman's urban setting."