Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Crowdsourced Whiskey: Old Forester 1920
When I asked readers what affordable, available whiskey I should be drinking, the top answer, by far, was Old Forester 1920, so I had to give it a try. Traditionally, I have not been a fan of Brown Forman products, but I have enjoyed some of their recent releases in this series, so let's see how this one is.
Old Forester 1920, 57.5% abv ($60)
This has a really nice nose with polished wood, the type of nose you don't find on many current release bourbons. The palate starts rich, balanced and fairly dry. After that, it develops a strong, unpleasant acidic note which develops into a berry like finish.
Water is really good for this one. A few drops of water cuts the acidity and brings out spicy rye notes from nose to finish which complement the dry, woody notes and make for a really delicious drink. This is a really nice bourbon provided you add some water.
Thanks to all the readers who suggested this. A tasty, available, high proof bourbon for $60 is quite find these days.