Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Dusty Curiosity: Brown Forman President's Choice


Brown Forman introduced a President's Choice bourbon into its line in the late 1960s, but prior to that, it used the President's Choice label for gifts to special customers and other clients. The official name is actually the President's Choice for Distinguished Gentleman. The label includes the following description:

This whisky was selected by the President of Brown-Forman Distillers Corporation for its perfect balance and true Kentucky Bourbon flavor, and set aside for his private stock. This rare Bourbon was custom distilled and specially bottled at the direction of the president at the proof of 90.3 selected for barrel #989843 through barrel #989867.

Hmm, distinguished gentlemen? I'm not sure I qualify, but let's give it a try anyway. This bourbon was bottled in 1963, a blend of 24 barrels.


Brown Forman President's Choice, bottled 1963, 90.3 proof/45.15% abv

Another nice dusty nose, this one is rich, sweet and candy-like; It reminds me very much of some of those great, dusty Old Foresters I like (another Brown Forman bourbon). The palate is sweet with peppermint and vanilla, moving onto spices in the late palate. It's very rich and densely flavored, though a bit flatter than the nose. The finish is short and spicy.

Sweet and rich, this is a very drinkable bourbon.

See the LA Whiskey Society reviews of Brown Forman President's Choice.



7 comments:

Tim Read said...

Absoutely the highlight of the dusty bourbons meeting and one I keep coming back to. Loved it.

sku said...

Yeah, I liked it but was a bit less high on it than everyone else.

Joshie said...

But did you like it less than they did?

sku said...

Joshie, yes, that's what I was referring to. You can follow the LA Whiskey Society link to compare our ratings.

sipology said...

Yes, it was supposed to be a joke on the word "high". Note to self: Don't give up day job.

sku said...

Ah, your sense of humor is obviously too subtle for the likes of me.

sam k said...

So, B-F actually used to make bourbon that didn't suck!

And I think that's a batch of 25 barrels...