WINE & SPIRITS
OLD FORESTER STATESMAN BOURBON (750 ML)
. Old Forester whiskey offers a complementary blend of aroma, taste and a beautiful finish.
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Everybody's palate is different, and in the world of bourbon, it's so true that one man's trash is another man's treasure. Having read numerous glowing reviews about The Statesman I decided to give it a try. Upon opening, there's an immediate astringent note on the nose. After pouring 1.5oz into a Glencairn and letting it open up for a few minutes, there were some very pleasant dark red fruit, leather and slight vanilla notes, although with a significant amount of alcohol as well on the nose. Tasting this juice wasn't an altogether bad experience, but I had to get past that initial wall of alcohol on the front. As the sip finished, however, the flavor was very much leather and light vanilla...the fruit was there but way in the background...and the mouthfeel was oily but not unpleasant. A few weeks after opening, I decided to try it again, this time on the rocks, and was pleasantly surprised at how much better it tasted the second time around. I got more fruit during the second tasting and the alcohol was a bit more tame as was expected. All in all, I'm glad that I picked it up. I'm hoping to pick up a 1920 in the coming weeks and see what that's about. Happy sipping!