Old Forester 1920, Very Good, Not Great.

Old Forester has been coming out with some special Whiskey Row editions and this is their highest proof to date. Not sure what Prohibition Style means, but it’s clearly just marketing… On to the review.

The color is awesome: nice dark amber. When I first opened the bottle the nose was a little musty, and it was a little disappointing. But I know from experience that a lot of great bottles just need a little air. After a few hours aromas of cinnamon, all spice, cloves, stewed sugar beets and charcoal come through.  There still is that mushroomy musty background noise that was more prevalent when I first opened the bottle.  That smell comes through far stronger in the OFBB editions, but still getting some here too.

The taste is enjoyable. There is some nice spicy flavors coming through and an enjoyable heat. There are some good tannins but the mouthfeel is slightly lacking as the oils have been stripped out, most likely from chill filtering which is too bad for a 115 proof whiskey. For this level of proof, I want something unfiltered, but this clearly is and really misses the mark on this important nuance.  The best part of this whiskey is the finish goes on for a long time continuing the nice spicy flavors.

I added some water to see what would happen.  The nose is diminished, and the palate isn’t improved. I wouldn’t recommend adding water for those who can handle 115 proof.

I’ve read some incredible reviews on this bourbon. This is a very good bourbon. Enjoyable nose, palate and long finish. But it doesn’t quite hit the exceptional level. For $59.99, which is what I paid, it’s worth buying, but after this bottle is gone I don’t think I will be replacing it. 90/100.

 

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