Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond

Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond

(0.75l, 50%)

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It is what it is — big, bold, and federally guaranteed.

Old Forester has about as much tradition as you can get in a Bourbon. It is a single brand of Bourbon that has been continuously available for 145 years — most of that time from the same family of craftsmen at the same distillery. Interestingly, it was the first Bourbon to be available exclusively in sealed glass bottles. There was a lot of nefarious re-bottling and dilution going on and this was a way to ensure quality and integrity. Today it is owned by Brown-Forman, available in eight different varieties and is a sister Bourbon to Woodford Reserve.

“Bottled in Bond” is a US government designation that guarantees that a spirit meets certain quality requirements. To qualify, a spirit — usually Whiskey — must come from a single distillery, be produced in a single season, be aged a minimum of four years in a federally bonded warehouse, and be bottled at a minimum 50% ABV, among other things. The law that authorized this regulation was passed in 1897, and that’s where Old Forester 1897 got its name. And as you might have guessed, it qualifies as Bottled in Bond. So Old Forester 1897 is everything you like about their Bourbon, but stronger and guaranteed by law to be perfect for your next Manhattan or Old Fashioned cocktail.

Smartass Corner:
Woodford is the “Official Bourbon” and its sister brand Old Forester is part of the “Official Mint Julep Cocktail” for the famous Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs racetrack."

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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland and some other parts of the world distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and USA they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Caramel and vanilla with roasted coffee

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Sweet with baked apple and cherry and toasted oak

Bold with a big of pepper kick
Ratings & Reviews
Building upon the 1870 offering, this 1897 version is a step up. I have become and Old Forester fan mainly because of their Whiskey Row series. The only knock is that the pricing is a bit on the high end. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good bourbon, but in this price range there is much competition.
Love it. Don’t know why it’s not popular.
Pretty harsh, I’m a big bourbon drinker and I would not try this one again.
We’ll balance flavor. Great after a hardy burger.
Fine bourbon. Blind tasting would rate it higher.
It's a good smooth bourbon but it is a little pricey
This is a solid bourbon although at the price point you can do better. There are comparable bourbons for less.
I look at Old Forrester as my cornerstone bourbon. Meaning that, the ones I've tasted are textbook definition of what bourbon is. Having said that, the aroma, body and finish of Old Forrester products don't contain anything memorable in my opinion.
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