Monday, August 10, 2015
Old Forester 1897
Old Forester 1897 is a new Bottled in Bond expression from Brown Forman, part of their Whiskey Row series.
Old Forester 1897, BIB, 50% abv ($50)
The nose is dry with straw and some soapy notes. The palate is grassy/grainy with spicy notes of clove and ginger, showing more rye than most Old Forester does. The finish is the first time there is much sweetness in the whiskey with some gentle sugar on the tongue surrounded by spice.
As regular readers know, I don't generally have much good to say about Brown Forman products, but this is the best Old Forester I've had in quite a while. It's dry and complex without the bitter, off notes that have dragged down some of their past whiskeys. It's really quite nice.
Thanks to John Burlowski for the sample.