Old Forester

1870 Original Batch

ABV 45%
REVIEWED Issue 188
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Brand: Old Forester
Expression: 1870 Original Batch
Type: USA Whisky / Bourbon
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 45%
Country/Region: USA / Kentucky
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Phoebe Calver
Nose: A big hit of caramel sweetness, followed by a rich, fruity and creamy Black Forest gateau. Light vanilla frosting with some cinnamon spice.
Palate: The dark berries continue, but with the addition of date chunks in a sticky toffee pudding, covered in toffee sauce. There’s some light maltiness and cinnamon bringing gentle warmth.
Finish: Baking spices and smooth caramel carry through on the medium finish.
Comment: It’s just delightful. Smooth, characterful, and delicately formed. Old Fashioned me up with this.
Taster   Christopher Coates
Nose: Lily pollen, gentian, violin rosin and pine needles. Tea tree oil and calendula. Golden syrup, candied orange and gingerbread. Candied citrus peels and brandy-soaked raisins. Potpourri.
Palate: Medium. Floral. Orange and raspberry sherbet, parma violet, toffee apple, blackcurrant wine gums, caramel and Turkish delight. Cinnamon and nutmeg, too.
Finish: Long, on Turkish delight.
Comment: Floral and delicately spicy. Unexpectedly heady for the style but complex and well put-together.
Visit the distillery
Brown-Forman Distillery, 850 Dixie Highway/P.O. Box 1080, Louisville, KY, USA
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