About – Old Forester is credited as being one of the oldest bourbon brands out there being introduce in 1870s. This particular release is the third and final release in the so called whiskey row series commemorating significant dates in the company’s history. This particular release paying homage to Old Forester being only one of six Kentucky whiskey producers given a license to continue distilling for medical purposes during prohibition. As taken from the hangtag “During prohibition, only six Kentucky distilleries were granted permits to bottle bourbon for medicinal purposes. Brown-Forman, maker of Old Forester, secured Permit KY – 3. In 1920. the first bottles under this permit were produced. Our Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style is the third expression in the Old Forester Whiskey Row Series. To match the usual barrel proof of that bourbon after maturation, it is presented now at the same 115 proof.” This bourbon is a no age statement bourbon distilled by Brown-Forman outside of Louisville, Kentucky and bottled at 115 proof, and can be picked up for between $50-$60.
Smell – Bold and complex. Fruit and oak shine through with a hint of sweet pipe tobacco. Despite the high proof the alcohol is not very strong on the nose.
Taste – Just as complex as the nose. Spicy on the entry fading into notes of dried fruit and caramel.
Finish – Long and just as complex as every other aspect of this bourbon. Nice strong oak element that eventually fades into subdued baking spice that lingers around for a good while. Just like the nose, despite the high proof the alcohol is not very overpowering.
Rating – 93
Verdict – Wow! This is truly a fantastic bourbon. Apparently by 1920 Old Forester already had this bourbon thing down. Definitely one I recommend buying if you see a bottle. If the price point seems a little high try it at your favorite bourbon bar and you will see it is well worth the price.