Old Forester was the first bourbon to be sold in the United States in sealed glass bottles. Reports say that this was done to avoid anyone from tampering with the carefully considered recipe of the drink. Old Forester was first seen on the shelves in 1870 and this bourbon has been quite popular since then.

Old Forester is the oldest whisky distillery that is continuously operating in the nation and offers a range of bourbons from the high-end ones to the everyday ones. The Old Forester 86 Proof Bourbon is the middle shelf release of the distillery and is priced at around twenty dollars.

Like all the Old Forester bourbons and the Woodford Reserve, which is the parent company’s other bourbon brand, the mash bill used here is also 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% barley. The drink is aged for four years and then bottled at 86 proof, which means that the Old Forester has 43% alcohol by volume.

Old Forester is the best starter bourbon for the new whisky aficionados. In fact, master distiller Chris Morris has won many awards for the bourbon. The bottle of the drink lacks an age statement, but it does not compromise on the quality of whisky at all.

Tasting Notes

In the bottle, the whiskey is as bright as a new copper penny. On the nose, the drink has a typical bourbon profile. You can feel notes of cedar and orange blossom when you open the bottle. Soon, you will feel the classic rye bread warmth and a light smell of buttered pancakes.

On the palate, the drink is fairly soft and has vanilla, honey fruit, and woody backdrops. The drink starts with a sweet maple and caramel syrup and the changes swiftly to an intense oaky taste with hints of pine resin. You will feel that the sweetness return lightly in the mid-palate.

The finish of Old Forester is warm and smooth and you will experience the predominance of warm spices upon swallowing. Although you will know that the candied fruit makes another appearance after some time, it will have a vaguely medicinal character this time, and this may remind you of cherry cough syrup.

Overall, the Old Forester is pretty darn great!