Old Forester Bourbon

Old Forester Bourbon

(0.75l, 43%)


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$20.99
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Old Forester is what it is, and that’s why it works.

Old Forrester 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.

If Old Forrester had a resume, it would be a full one — “Best Bourbon Under 10 YO,” “Double Gold Medal,” “Best Bourbon 2012,” “94 points,” and so on. It has garnered all of those accolades by being true to what it is. And what it is is a traditional Rye-forward Bourbon made in much the same way as it has been for generations and bottled at a respectable 43% ABV without any marketing flimflam or artificial ingredient trickery. It’s a real Straight Kentucky Bourbon made from day one for real people who like real cocktails. And you just got to love that, right? 

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

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spicy
cherry
pralines
chocolate
pecan
sweet
mint
jam
pie
What does Old Forester Bourbon taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color Dark
Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Buttered toast with cherry jam, pecan pie, and popcorn

Flavour / Taste / Palate
Roasted pralines with more cherry, baking spice, and a dash of chocolate

Finish
Smooth and even with spice on the back palate 
Ratings & Reviews
John
John,
Good, affordably-priced bourbon. Mostly used for mixing, but not bad straight up either.
 
Deepak
Deepak,
Not bad for the price point. Better than red roses yellow. Not as complex as Elijah Craig’s small batch or Buffalo Trace which are far superior in complexity - price ratio. Great for everyday sipping without feeling bad of drinking something expensive or rare.
 
Jerald
Jerald,
This is ok for a mixer, however not for me neat nor on the roclks
 
Tom
Tom,
This is a sweet whiskey that my "new to bourbon" friends get as a starter.
 
Joe
Joe,
Great value. Straight forward bourbon!
 
Jason
Jason,
This is a great bourbon value. Simple, not complex, and with a short finish but endlessly drinkable. When combined with its cheap price point it makes it a great buy.
 
Paul
Paul,
This is bourbon, bourbon. It brings a little heat which is surprising for this proof. Compared to all others, it is ok. But when you factor in the price, it moves up the list quickly. I put it better than Michter's Bourbon at half the price. Better than Woodford Reserve Wheated. Better than Basil Hayden. About the same as Baker's 7 at 1/3 the price. Everyday bourbon at an everyday price.
 
Frank
Frank,
Old Forester is one of the finest old Ky bourbons ever distilled. Has been consistently my go to bourbon for the 50+ years I’ve known there is a difference from one to another? Thank you Jack Mc Intyre for my introduction to it.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
possibly the best value in bourbon. very typical bourbon notes that makes for a great into to bourbon for someone or a daily sipper for even a pro.
 
guest
guest,
Very easy intro to bourbon. Has citrus flavors, usual notes of caramel and brown sugar. The finish tastes like maybe a pecan...it is definitely not oak though. I enjoy it when I want something mellow.
 
Erik
Erik,
One of the better sub-$25 bottles of bourbon on the market
 
Burton
Burton,
This is a price-to-performance champion. Traditional bourbon profile, really well done, at a great price. Nice long finish and Kentucky hug.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Deep full flavor, thick molasses, one singular drop of honey, finish hint of spice almost mute, but lasts on the tongue like eating spicy food that becomes eventually overpowering Old Forester Classic Kentucky Straight Bourbon touts itself as the first bourbon ever bottled. The bourbon is made from a mash of corn, rye and malted barley — after the grains have been milled and mashed, they are fermented for five to seven days with a proprietary yeast strain that is grown fresh daily at the distillery. This extra-long fermentation process ensures that the bourbon has an unparalleled depth and complexity. Following fermentation, the grains are twice distilled before being matured in new, American oak casks.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Pralines, cherries and a hint of marzipan along with a bit of vanilla. A long lingering flavor. I am biased though, I like everything Old Forester builds! I buy the 50%, 100 proof when it's on sale. A reasonably priced go-to for sure.
 
Tim
Tim,
Fantastic flavor profile especially for the price. Easy drinking, much smoother than some higher priced bottles I didn’t like as well.
 
guest
guest,
Good bourbon, not the most exciting flavor profile but still a solid pour. Can be a little dry but is great on the rocks in my opinion.
 
Gary
Gary,
Cherry comes through strong in the nose. Sweet on the lips, woody and nutty on the back of the tongue. I like it with a splash of branch to mellow the spice. Solid bourbon for rocks or cocktails.
 
Vincent
Vincent,
Not Good
 
Peter
Peter,
On par with Jim Beam
 
Lance
Lance,
Ok bourbon. Not particularly smooth. Was better with a couple of ice cubes
 
Duane
Duane,
Classic! Old Forester was in the first Old Fashioned I ever had. Now it is a staple in my bar for just that.
 
Scott
Scott,
Great flavors
 
jose
jose,
very clean, and smooth
 
guest
guest,
Just a solid bourbon, nothing special but that’s part of its charm. Just woody and full enough to feel distinguished
 
Robert
Robert,
A great everyday bourbon and seems to fly under the radar
 
Harrison
Harrison,
I think this bourbon would be better if I could remember what it tastes like the following day. Good flavor and aroma, but it only reminds me of my first bourbon.
 
Bhavesh
Bhavesh,
I couldn't taste anything other than spicy notes, which made for a bitter taste along with a bitter finish.
 
Susie
Susie,
Great value and foundation for every bar
 
Brian
Brian,
Good taste, perfect for making an old fashioned.
 
Richard
Richard,
Great whiskey. Wonderful quality for the price!
 
Robert
Robert,
A daily go to.
 
Doug
Doug,
Quickly becoming my go-to $20 bourbon.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Spicier than Beam and the same price.
 
Steve
Steve,
Given the price, this was a great bourbon. Just the right amount of burn with a warm vanilla finish.
 
Mark
Mark,
My go-to is Woodford Reserve, but Old Forester doesn’t disappoint as a less expensive memeber of the family. In Old Fashioneds or on rocks I’ll take this at almost 1/2 the cost of it’s more refined cousin.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
This is an excellent "budget friendly" whiskey with great taste. Easy to see why this stuff has been around for awhile.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
I really like this Whisky. It is much smoother than I expected to be and was pleasantly surprised. This may become my new go to Whisky. Hints of cinnamon spice is what came across to me.
 
Luke
Luke,
Nose: Spice Taste: hot, spice, apricot, oak, leather, strong finish
 
James
James,
For what it is Old Forester is great. A classic that can't disappoint.
 
James
James,
This has become a good standby for me. I don't normally care for anything with a cherry flavor but this one is very good.
 
John
John,
Really good for the price!!
 
Frank
Frank,
A little to spicy for me, best with a mixer.
 
Michael
Michael,
spicy with a medium finish. Best enjoyed in an Old-Fashioned
 
Encil
Encil,
Great tasting bourbon and a reasonable price.
 
Larry
Larry,
Very nice smooth bourbon. A great value at that price.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Nice vanilla notes with a smooth after taste.
 
Monica
Monica,
Simply delicious!
 
Ro
Ro,
One of my regular rotators for cheap bourbon.
 
Justin
Justin,
Amazingly good for the price, but a bit of a bitter aftertaste.
 
Emily
Emily,
harsh ethanol burn covered up the flavor. After heavily diluted I could drink it, but the body was gone.
 
guest
guest,
Great for the price
 
Brian
Brian,
Really good value! Very smooth taste - even my wife loves this one and she’s not that into bourbon...
 
James
James,
Tasty, smooth. I'd buy it again.
 
guest
guest,
By far the "best bang for the buck" in bourbon. While others went to 80 proof, OF remained true to its roots and remained at 86. A "real" American whisky. Forget the snobs, the single barrels and the very small batches--this is how bourbon should taste--smooth, with a gentle reminder that bourbon is the original American moonshine at the end--just like it should.
 
Arthur
Arthur,
I summarize the taste as being the epitome of Kentucky Bourbon. In my opinion, it's one of the best bourbons for the money.
 
Sean
Sean,
Best every day drinker I've tasted.
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth. Good value. My go-to for everyday bourbon.
 
Alexander
Alexander,
Light aroma and body. Notes of vanilla, caramel, apple, and brown sugar.
 
John
John,
Great for mixing
 
Carl
Carl,
Yum
 
Anthony
Anthony,
nose:oranges, lots of cedar, some buttery creaminess, rye, slight hint of bread palate: caramel, maple syrup, oak, spice, pine finish: spicy oak, very quick finish, little to no depth after, drying overall: very sweet not all together bad but not something i would go out of my way to buy
 
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